ALBUM  L., 1753

Synonyms :

Leucosedum album  (L.) Fourreau (1868) / Oreosedum album  (L.) Grulich (1984)

Sedum albellum  Besse (s.a.)

Sedum balticum  Hartman (s.a.) / Sedum album ssp. balticum  (Hartman) J.A.Huber (1936)

Sedum rhodopaeum  Podpera (s.a.) / Sedum album ssp. rhodopaeum  (Podpera) J.A.Huber (1936)

Sedum curtipetalum  Pau (s.a.)

Sedum teretifolium  Lamarck (1779) / Sedum album ssp. teretifolium  (Lamarck) Syme (1865)

Sedum micranthum  Bastard (1809) / Sedum album var. micranthum  (Bastard) DC (1828) / Sedum album ssp. micranthum  (Bastard) Syme (1865) / Oreosedum album var. micranthum  (DC) P.V.Heath (1987) / Oreosedum album ssp. micranthum  (DC) Velayos (1989)

Sedum turgidum  Bastard (1809) / Sedum album var. turgidum  (Bastard) DC (1828)

Sedum athoum  DC (1828) / Sedum album ssp. athoum  (DC) Maire & Petitmengin (1908)

Sedum clusianum  Gussone (1842) / Sedum album var. clusianum  (Gussone) Arcangeli (1882) / Sedum album ssp. clusianum  (Gussone) J.A.Huber (1936) / Sedum album [?] clusianum  (Gussone) Sampaio (1947)

Sedum transbaikalense  Schlechtendal ex Ledebour (1843)

Sedum album ssp. eu-album  Syme (1865)

Sedum album var. brevifolium  Boissier (1872)

Sedum album fa chloroticum  Lamotte (1875)

Sedum album var. glanduliferum  Ball (1878)

Sedum album var. typicum  Franchet (1885)

Sedum album fa genuinum  Battandier (1889)

Sedum serpentini J anchen (1920) / Sedum album ssp. serpentini  (Janchen) J.A.Huber (1936) / Oreosedum serpentini  (Janchen) Grulich (1984)

Sedum album fa murale  Praeger (1921)

Sedum album fa lilacinum  Beck (1922)

Sedum clusianum fa purpureum  Pau & Font Quer (1928) / Sedum album fa purpureum (Pau & Font Quer) Maire (1932)

Sedum album var. purpureum  Maire (1929)

Sedum album var. genuinum  Hamet (1929)

* Sedum album var. gypsicola  (Boissier & Reuter) Hamet (1929) / Sedum album ssp. gypsicola (Boissier & Reuter) Maire (1932) > see below

Sedum vermiculifolium  P.Fournier (1935)

Sedum gombertii Sennen (1936)

Sedum paniculatum  Kitaibel (1936)

Sedum album var. sabulicola  Sampaio (1947)


Distribution : Europe (except for parts of the North and East).



Description (by 't Hart & Bleij in IHSP, 2003) :


Laxly caespitose perennial herbs with basally densely glandular-pubescent, creeping stems with short ascending non-flowering shoots.


Leaves alternate, patent or appressed, sessile and scarcely spurred, linear-cylindrical to ovoid-globose, obtuse or rounded, subterete but somewhat flattened on the upper face, glabrous or sparsely pubescent, green but often reddish, 4 – 20 (-25) mm, flowering branches erect, 5 - 18 (-30) cm.


Inflorescences many flowered rather dense subcorymbose cymes, freely branched, bracteate, bracts 1 per flower, small, pedicels short.


Flowers 5-merous, sepals broadly sessile, basally connate, ovate to triangular, 1 – 2 mm, petals free, lanceolate, 2 – 4.5 mm, subacute, white or rarely pink, filaments white, anthers red.


Cytology : 2n = 34, 51, 68, 85, 102, 136




1. Sedum gypsicola was described by Boissier & Reuter 1842 from a plant growing on gypsum hills near Aranjuez, Rivas and la Guardia (Spain). It differed from S. album by pubescent-velvety leaves and stems.

Hamet (1929) reduced it to a variety of S. album while Maire (1932) considered it a subspecies of S. album.


't Hart however did not accept either of these classifications, stating that "the 2 species have very different distribution areas". This has turned out not to be correct. Ray Stephenson has found S. gypsicola occurring only 10 km distant of S. album.


In view of the fact that the only difference between S. gypsicola and S. album consists in the papillate leaves of the former which - under extremely wet conditions - even are likely to disappear thus making it indistinguishable from S. album - it is much more appropriate to include S. gypsicola in S. album and not to treat it as a separate species any longer. Link to photos of this form.


2. Plants of Sedum album from Malta differ from previously known S. album plants and have been published as

S. album ssp. rupi-melitense.


3. S. album is very variable in size : The reddish plant has been collected in Macedonia, Caravec, 1700 m Bistra, alpine slope with scree & limestone bedrock, N facing. It is an extreme form of S. album ‘Athoum’ (RS09M05). Leaves are 8 mm wide !

The plant next to it is S. album micranthum var. chloroticum (not the smallest album !).



Tunisia - Zaghouan :

Atlas Mountains :

Olympos :

North Macedonia :

 Rhodope Mountains :

Istria :

Balkan :

North Portugal :

Central Portugal :

Algarve :

France :

Lac d'Allos (Haute Provence) :

In  the southeastern part :

Corsica :

Italy : 

Tuscany :

Trentino :

Photos Ray Stephenson

Photos of S. album plants at different locations in France - by Eric Barbier.
Observations sur le Mont Rose - Massif de Marseilleveyre - à Marseille (France, Bouches du Rhône), alt. 10 m, terrain calcaire / calcareous soil.

Crassulaceae observées: Petrosedum ochroleucum, P. sediforme, Sedum acre, S. album, S. dasyphyllum, S. litoreum.

30 mai 2010, avec / with Petrosedum sediforme et P. ochroleucum :

24 septembre 2011 :


Observation sur le Mont Ventoux (France, Vaucluse), 14 mai 2011, terrain calcaire / calcareous soil.

Crassulaceae observées :

Tête des mines, alt. 840 m : Petrosedum ochroleucum, P. sediforme, Sedum acre, S. album, S. dasyphyllum, Sempervivum calcareum.

Près du sommet, alt. 1900 m : Petrosedum ochroleucum, Sedum acre, S. atratum, Sempervivum tectorum var. guillemotii.

Tête des mines alt. 840m avec / with S. acre et Petrosedum ochroleucum :


Observations dans le Périgord (France, Dordogne), terrain calcaire / calcareous soil.

Crassulaceae observées : Petrosedum rupestre, Sedum acre, S. album, S. cepaea, S. dasyphyllum.

Jardins de Marqueyssac, 30 juillet 2011, alt. 150 m :

Château de Castelnaud, 30 juillet 2011, alt. 110 m :


Observations à Allauch (France, Bouches du Rhône), terrain calcaire / calcareous soil.

Crassulaceae observées: Petrosedum ochroleucum, P. sediforme, Sedum acre, S. album, S. dasyphyllum, Umbilicus rupestris.

Notre Dame du Château, alt. 270 m, 16 mars 2007 :

Chemin du Guéridon, alt. 210 m, 22 février 2008 :

Vallon de l'amandier, alt. 260 m, 19 janvier 2011 :


Observation à Villard de Lans (France, Isére, massif du Vercors), alt. 1720 m, terrain calcaire / calcareous soil.

Crassulaceae observées :

- Alt. 1150 m : Petrosedum rupestre (?), Sedum acre.

- Alt. 1720 m : Sedum album, S. atratum.

30 juillet 2008 :


Observation à Bagard (France, Gard, massif des Cévennes), alt. 160 m, terrain calcaire / calcareous soil.

Crassulaceae observées : Petrosedum ochroleucum, P. sediforme, Sedum album, S. dasyphyllum, Umbilicus rupestris.

23 mars 2008 :


Observation à Millau (France, Aveyron, région des Grands Causses), belvédère du viaduc, alt. 640 m, terrain calcaire / calcareous soil.

Crassulaceae observées : Petrosedum sediforme, Sedum album, S. dasyphyllum.

28 juillet 2011 :


Observation à Vauvenargues (France, Bouches du Rhône, Massif de la Sainte Victoire), alt. 410 m, terrain calcaire / calcareous soil.

Crassulaceae observées :

- Alt. 410 m : Petrosedum ochroleucum, P. sediforme, Sedum album, S. dasyphyllum, Umbilicus rupestris.

- Alt. 960 m : Petrosedum ochroleucum, P. sediforme, Sempervivum calcareum.

17 mai 2009 :

Photos Eric Barbier

In the Pyrenees :

Photos Mateo Lichtenstein

Plants in cultivation :

Photos Thomas Delange

Photo Noelene Tomlinson

Photos Santino Rischitelli

Photo Jens Kumke
Photos François Chesneau
Photographed at Jardins de Costa i Llobera by
Mateo Lichtenstein

To see more photos : Crassulaceae in the Cévennes mountains
by Eric Barbier
Sedum poussant en carrière d'ardoise de Trélazé, Anjou, France / Sedum in the schist quarry at Trélazé, Anjou, France by David Sorin

A crested plant :

Photos Santino Rischitelli

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