Biting Stonecrop

Sedum acre

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Biting Stonecrop is a mat-forming plant that is common on well-drained ground such as sand dunes, shingle, grasslands, walls and pavements. It has yellow, star-shaped flowers that appear from May to July and fleshy leaves that have a biting hot taste. It attracts many bees in search of nectar.

How to identify

Biting Stonecrop displays dense clusters of small, star-shaped, yellow flowers with long stamens. The succulent leaves are egg-shaped and crowded together.

Where to find it

Scattered across all parts of the UK, but most common in England and Wales.


When to find it

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December

How can people help

The Wildlife Trusts look after many coastal habitats for the benefit of all kinds of plants and wildflowers, and are working closely with farmers, landowners and developers to promote wildlife-friendly practices in these areas. We have a vision of a 'Living Landscape': a network of habitats and wildlife corridors across town and country, which are good for both wildlife and people. You can support this greener vision for the future by joining your local Wildlife Trust.

Species information

Common name
Biting Stonecrop
Latin name
Sedum acre
Height: up to 10cm
Conservation status