For years now I’ve been identifying my primary lawn-replacement plant as Sedum acre – on good authority, though I’ve long go forgotten which one. Now I’m not so sure about the authority and definitely in doubt about this plant name since I perused Margaret Roach’s web page about sedums and discovered a photo of what I surely have, with a totally different name – Sedum linare ‘Golden Teardrop’. (It’s the 12th in her slide show.) See, not just the wrong variety but a wholly different species.
Then some Googling around reveals these OTHER folks who seem to agree with Margaret:
But I’m not giving up yet. I Googled Sedum acre and found:
- The USDA (good one!) And they have no listing at all for this so-called S. linare.
- Jeepers Creepers sells a S. acre ‘Aureum’ but it doesn’t really look like what I grow.
- Ditto White Flower Farm.
- Wikipedia has an entry for S. acre but the photo’s so bad, I can’t tell.
- A whole different bunch on Dave’s Garden seem to be calling what I grow S. acre.
- A Polish (I’m assuming) photographer shows off a S. acre ‘Aureum’ that’s definitely what I grow.
- Bluestone Perennials sells something they call S. acre and it could be the one.
- And I’ll admit that Google is notorious for combining photos with the wrong names but here’s what they show for S. acre “Aureum” – it’s all over the place.
Now I’m more confused than ever. To get to the bottom of this conundrum I’m emailing this post to Sandy at Sandy’s Plants and to that well-known troublemaker, Margaret Roach.