se·​dum ˈsē-dəm How to pronounce sedum (audio)
: any of a genus (Sedum) of widely distributed fleshy herbs of the orpine family compare stonecrop

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web More:23 great, mostly new plants for Wisconsin in 2023 More:A guide to Milwaukee area farmers markets open in 2023 Sedums provide 'constant drama' in a garden Greenfield favors sedums and thymes. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Journal Sentinel, 27 Apr. 2023 In her own yard, Crowe combines ornamental grasses with native black-eyed Susan and nonnative sedum. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 5 May 2022 This sedum clearly earns its name from its long, tail-like woven branches, which look stunning hanging from a pot or basket on our porch or patio. Terri Robertson, Country Living, 21 June 2022 Make sure sedum has full sun. 4 Portulaca Portulaca, also called moss rose, is a low-growing annual that’s absolutely covered in blooms every day for weeks and weeks. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, 21 Feb. 2023 The only things that have done well there thus far are baptisia and sedum. Carol Stocker,, 31 July 2022 Plants to avoid deadheading include Autumn Joy sedum, rudbeckia, and coneflowers, which birds enjoy snacking on in the winter. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, 8 Nov. 2022 Autumn Joy sedum and speedwell, a purple flower that reminded me of a gnome’s hat, were still going strong. Betsy Vereckey, Washington Post, 31 Aug. 2022 In the past, Succulent Studios has sent out plants like string of pearls, Pachyphytum oviferum 'Moonstones,' and blue spruce sedum. Andrea Beck, Better Homes & Gardens, 20 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History


New Latin, from Latin, houseleek

First Known Use

1760, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sedum was in 1760

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“Sedum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition


se·​dum ˈsēd-əm How to pronounce sedum (audio)
: any of a genus of herbs that have fleshy leaves and clusters of yellow, white, or pink flowers

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