se·​dum | \ ˈsē-dəm How to pronounce sedum (audio) \

Definition of sedum

: any of a genus (Sedum) of widely distributed fleshy herbs of the orpine family — compare stonecrop

Examples of sedum in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There are perennials – like ornamental grasses, coneflower, Joe-Pye weed, sedum and black-eyed Susan – that provide birds with much-need seeds and insects with places to spend the winter. oregonlive, "The garden chores that can’t wait as winter sets in," 24 Nov. 2020 In gardens, butterflies and other pollinators visit Mexican sunflowers, Autumn Joy sedum and blooming hostas. Jim Gilbert, Star Tribune, "The signs abound: Butterflies, birds, humans staging for autumn," 3 Sep. 2020 Although the habit and shape are similar, Creeping Jenny does not have thick, fleshy leaves like this sedum. Janet Carson, Arkansas Online, "Mystery Plants for the week of August 3," 9 Aug. 2020 The green roof has campanula, sedum and some grasses on it. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Backyard chicken coops can beautify a home, and provide eggs and friendship during isolation," 16 Apr. 2020 Rocky Mountains Plant Succulents and sedums are easy to propagate from any pieces that break off from the parent plant. Thad Orr, Sunset Magazine, "Your Essential Winter Gardening To-Do List," 10 Feb. 2020 Exterior walls are made of aluminum or basalt, to withstand seawater and snowstorms, and roofs are softened with planes of sedum and grass. Eve M. Kahn, New York Times, "Architectural Feats in Inhospitable Spots," 1 Oct. 2019 Thomas Fretz, for instance, has extreme close-ups of sedum, aloe and agave plants that are gently colored with shades of pink and white. Mike Giuliano,, "Take a photographic journey at Kish Gallery exhibit in Columbia," 29 Nov. 2019 There are other sedums native to Oregon as well, though these may be harder to find. oregonlive, "Ask an expert: Can I chip our dying red alder tree that has a bacterial infection?," 27 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of sedum

1760, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sedum

New Latin, from Latin, houseleek

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The first known use of sedum was in 1760

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8 Dec 2020

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“Sedum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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