I had gotten a few mixed plants at a yard sale. Most were succulents, but this (pictured) was included. It wasn't doing well indoors, and caught some type of pest, so I sprayed it with a cayenne and garlic mix and transplanted it in a small pot outdoors, on my "full sun" porch.

I'm curious if it's a weed because it's had a complete turn around rather quickly (see before and after pics) AND it's thriving in a shallow dish. If it's not a weed, I'd like to identify it so I can give it the proper care it needs, and would love to know if it's something that will flower.

After outdoor transplant Closer image of after outdoor transplant pic taken before transplant, with pests

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    Weed = plant that grows where the gardener doesn't want it to ;-)
    – Stephie
    Aug 10, 2017 at 19:00

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This does look like a sedum. I'm not good at specific identifications. I leave that up to the experts, like @stormy, who has already given you that information. However, because I have a lot of sedum plants, I can tell you they're extremely easy to care for and will indeed flower.

I have two types, one is a "creeper" which has a trailing habit, and one has an upright growth habit. The growth and care instructions, at least in my case, are the same.

Sedum is as close to a "set it and forget it" plant as you'll find. You're already experiencing that as it came back really quickly after having a problem. It thrives in most soil conditions, and all levels of sunlight, including shade. The one I have in the shade (not pictured here) doesn't grow as quickly or flower as well as those in full sun, but I don't mind because the foliage stays pretty and it adds interest to an area that other plants don't like.

Sedum grows in a wide range of climate zones, from 3 all the way through 9, depending on the variety. I live in zone 6.

The World of Succulents site is very informative. This page is dedicated to the Hylotelephium spectabile (Sedum spectabile), and has a lovely picture of one in bloom.

According to them:

They are ideal for that part of your yard that gets too much sun or too little water to grow anything else. A common name for Sedum is Stonecrop, due to the fact that many gardeners joke that only stones need less care and live longer.

It looks like yours is big enough to separate into smaller sections if you have different spots to fill. Some people say it's healthier to split them every few years. I don't bother, and only split them when I'm giving a piece to a friend. They make a great gift because the receiver doesn't have to do much work, as opposed to other plants, which get fussy when moved around.

Transplanting sedum is very easy. See my answer here for general transplanting instructions which I've used successfully. (That answer also has pictures of sedum pieces which I thought had died, but were perfectly healthy once I planted them.)

However, if you don't feel like going to very much trouble when transplanting, you can even just put them on the ground where you want them to take root.

For shorter varieties, simply laying the Sedum on the ground where you want it to grow is normally enough to get the Sedum plant started there. They will send out roots from wherever the stem is touching the ground and root itself. Source.

The pictures below are my plants as they look right now, in mid-August. As you can see, these are getting ready to bloom. They start in mid to late August, depending on where you live, and last deep into the fall, sometimes until the first frost. Some people choose them specifically because they provide some color after other perennials have gone by.

The top left picture is my creeping plant. It has small clumps of flowers which will be dark pink/light purple. They're sort of sparse looking though. I prefer the shape of the upright variety flower, in the top picture on the right. As you can see, it will be more full. Mine is a bright pink, although they come in many colors.

It's now September, and my sedums are blooming profusely. In fact, they're just on the verge of going by. I've added pictures of both the creeping, and the upright, varieties. On the top row are the pictures from when I first posted this answer in August. Below them are the two varieties taken today. If you look closely at the flowers on the upright plant, you'll see a large bumble bee. They absolutely love this plant!

Click on the pictures for a closer, better, view.

My creeping sedum My Upright

Creeping plant in bloom Upright plant in bloom

  • I am really appreciating all of the responses though, if this is what the general vote is assuming, then that's pretty cool!!!
    – Christy B.
    Aug 13, 2017 at 3:28
  • So, I'm going to remove my comment. I was checking it out today and only a few of the leaves feel thin, probably from previous damage, but even those seem to be bouncing back. It's crazy how much new growth there's been just in a few days and how much more it's been plumping (due to how much rain we've had here possibly and healing time, better soil and sun etc.) I'm accepting an answer. Thanks!
    – Christy B.
    Aug 15, 2017 at 1:09
  • And it's not a great pic, but these are 4 already separated peices, for anyone else reading this thread later
    – Christy B.
    Aug 15, 2017 at 2:08

This is a succulent possibly Sedum spectabile...not a weed. Cayenne and garlic doesn't make a great pesticide for white fly. Soap and water would be better and best would be NEEM sprayed at night. Include spraying the top of the soil and beneath leaves. A very desired plant!Sedum spectabile and cousins

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    Hi stormy! That link you posted just opens an empty search page. I was going to pick something else but since you wanted to show more than one plant, I didn't know which link to use. Interestingly, I found a page from the Brooklyn Botanic Garden which says that "the Sedum spectabile (showy sedum) has been renamed Hylotelephium spectabile, and Sedum 'Herbstfreude' (autumn joy stonecrop) has been renamed Hylotelephium telephium 'Herbstfreude'." It might be a fun read for you. Aug 10, 2017 at 21:20
  • I always test the link before I post. This worked and now it doesn't. I know they were playing with changing the Genus but Sedum spectabile still is correct. This is weird. I truly tested this link and now I tried it and it isn't working...I think the computers hate me!!! Grins!
    – stormy
    Aug 10, 2017 at 23:39
  • The article is dated 2002 I wonder if those names are still in use today or been changed back again? I've never seen them anywhere and I know my names very well. Looks American- often the RHS can disagree with other organisations and not change things. But again I've never come across those name changes ever! Talk about a mouthful!
    – olantigh
    Aug 21, 2017 at 12:39

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