Plant of the Week: Larinem Park shale barrens stonecrop

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Author: 
Erika Harvey
Stop by to enjoy the white flowers of this woodland succulent, native to the eastern United States, this time of year.

The High Line’s planting design is inspired by the self-seeded landscape that grew up between rail tracks after the trains stopped running in the 1980s. Today, the High Line includes more than 300 species of perennials, grasses, shrubs, and trees — each chosen for their hardiness, adaptability, diversity, and seasonal variation in color and texture. Some of the species that originally grew on the High Line’s rail bed are reflected in the park landscape today.

This week we share with you one of our gardeners’ current favorites.

When you think of succulents, you may immediately think of desert climates, but you’ll find members of the abundant Sedum genus all over the Northern Hemisphere. Larinem Park shale barrens stonecrop, or Sedum ternatum ‘Larinem Park,’ is at home in the cooler woodland areas of the eastern United States, including New York. This particular species is easy to distinguish from its relatives if you look closely. Sedum ternatum has starry white flowers with four -- rather than five -- petals, and leaves in whorls of three.

Stonecrop plants are a great addition to any garden. They’re hardy drought-resistant evergreen groundcover whose blooms are a great source of food for butterflies and bees. Stop by to enjoy them at the High Line or find a local plant seller to pick up your own.

WHERE TO SEE THIS PLANT
On the High Line at Little West 12th and West 16th Streets

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