Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The Difference Between Sedum & Succulents

With a title like that, you'd think this was going to be an educational post.

I've been gardening for 19 years and I had to Google that exact question.  I had big plans to spell it all out for you, in a language that was easy to understand.  Hahahahahahaha  Not so much.  Basically, I read a bunch of articles that didn't give a clear answer.  I think the answer is, no one knows the answer.  Ha.  

I came up with something along the lines of, all sedum are succulents, but not all succulents are sedum.  Or vice versa.  Your guess is as good as mine.

For whatever reason, I've always had this little thing stuck in my head:  Succulents suck.  Meaning, suck water.  Their leaves are puffy and store moisture.  When they're dry, you can tell by their sad, shriveled, deflated leaves. So what about sedum?  Don't they do the same?  I think of them as smaller, with more leaves, and more inclined to spread.

Then you throw a plant like Kalanchoe in the mix, to confuse you even more.
(I'm goin' with succulent.)

I'm sure someone will comment and answer the burning question for you all.  The whole point behind all my "research", was so that I could properly identify the plant in these photos.

Enough with my very non-educational post.  Here's a cute, tiny plant, growing in the pot with my little Maple tree, that I felt compelled to take a ton of pictures of.
(I'm goin' sedum on this one.)

I do know one thing for certain, this is a bell.  ;o)

Happy gardening.


  1. Love the bell and your sweet sedum growing beneath the tree! Such beautiful photos lady and I'm with you on this one. I have so many varieties of both that I get em all backwards! I love them both though...don't think a garden would be a garden without them! Happy gardening to you! Nicole xo

  2. Sedums suck too. :) Yeah I think you pretty much summed it up. At least well enough for my simple self. How about what's the difference between Sedums and Sempervivums? That one plagued me for a long time. I love them both. Your photos are outstanding as always. How are you handling the wind? I hear it's pretty much mayhem up there. It's just a light breeze down here but I'm moving all my tenders to protected spots. Here comes our first frost. Booooo!

  3. I just love your garden photos, Mindy . . . and the rain drops on your beautiful flowers and plants is so pretty!!
    I learned a lot in this post. Thanks so much for doing all the research for us :0)
    I hope you're having a great week,

  4. Lol! I appreciate your honesty! Thanks for the laugh. Love the photos - and the bell. ;o)

  5. You are my American Counterpart regarding succulents and sedums. I came to the same conclusion only a few months ago. Peter, (Ozland).


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