- any fleshy plant belonging to the genus Sedum, of the stonecrop family, usually having small, overlapping leaves and yellow, white, or pink flowers.
Origin of sedum
1400–50; late Middle English cedum < Latin sedum houseleek
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Examples from the Web for sedum
Sedum, Fig. 222, has the pistils and all the other parts free from such combination.The Elements of Botany
Our two species of native orpine, Sedum ternatum and S. telephioides, are never troublesome as weeds.A Year in the Fields
Or′pine, Or′pin, a deep-yellow colour: the Sedum Telephium, a popular vulnerary.
Sedum three or four species, exclusive of Sedoides foliis deltoides sphathulatis, and a Stapelioid Asclepias, are to be found.
Sedum fabaria , is a fine autumnal flowering plant, which must not be forgotten.
C15: from Latin: houseleek
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Word Origin and History for sedum
mid-15c., from Latin sedum "houseleek."
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