One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small fleshy-leaved plant which typically has star-shaped yellow or white flowers and grows among rocks or on walls.
Genus Sedum, family Crassulaceae: many species, including yellow (or biting) stonecrop (S. acre), whose tiny leaves have a bitter, peppery taste
- ‘His firm will plant the Academy roof with wild strawberry, sea thrift, the herb self-heal and stonecrop, a sedum that attracts the endangered Mission Blue Butterfly.’
- ‘Stonecrop is a beautiful plant that has green leaves all summer then in August flowers to salmon pink to burgundy then dark brown.’
- ‘He was referring to S. reflexum, the yellow stonecrop, which in some places shares the name ‘creeping Jenny’ with S. acre, more commonly known as wall-pepper or golden stonecrop.’
- ‘Both maidens repose on a crumbled wall; yet saxifrage, stonecrop and spring flowers sprout from the rubble.’
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