Sedum Divergens – Just Old Man’s Bones!


Since it seems to appear as if it is Old Man’s Bones, this hardy succulent ( Sedum divergens ) is really a great one to have in your Hypertufa pots.  My daughter and I went shopping last year and we both got some. Her plant has thrived and grown and, of course, mine croaked. What’s up with that? Aren’t I supposed to be the one who can grow succulents?  As it turns out, she has had to share with me this year.

It is a good thing this plant is so willing to propagate. You can break off a piece and lay it on the soil and it grows roots. Just like most succulents do. ( Is that why I love them so much? )  Check out more succulents in these posts.

Sedum divergens - Old Man's Bones(1)

Sedum divergens or Sedum globosum is a winter hardy stonecrop or sedum which is indicated to go all the way down to Zone 3.  This plant is a native plant for North America. Now, because a lot of my plants are supposedly hardy, but they die out on me anyway, be sure to get yours off to a good start so that it has the best chance over winter. You may have better luck than I do.  I hope I can get this one to survive this year.  I will sure try my best.

Plant Info:

  • Full sun
  • Height: 4-6 inches
  • Spread: up to 20 inches
  • US Zone  3-9
  • Drought tolerant
  • Flowers: during summer, bright yellow stars
  • Attracts pollinators
  • Herbaceous in cold zones – Dies back each winter and regrows each year

Succulents in Hypertufa - including sedum divergens(1)

Why is it called Old Man’s Bones?

It seems that the growth pattern of the plant is stacking globes clustered around a central stem. This is more pronounced in full sun and seems to resemble the vertebrae stacked in a spinal column. Who knows where these names come from? 

My daughter’s Sedum divergens is under a shaded patio and gets full sun only after noon. So it seems to grow more loosely. It seems like a string of stacked jelly beans.  The photo above has the OMB on the far left and then the lower section on the right. Those other plants in the dish are sempervivum and Sedum “Coral carpet” which has a similar look in miniature, but with a more elongated and pointy leaf.

Jennys Hypertufa Bowl

My daughter and I have made some large hypertufa bowls and have them planted up with a plant we both got earlier this year. However, we both misplaced the tags that went in the plants and don’t know what these particular sedums are. If you can help with an ID, I know I would appreciate it and she will too. Do you know what this is?

The plant is very small. The little rosettes are no bigger than a quarter at most. What could it be?  Let me know in the comments or come on over to the Facebook Page and put your ID in there. I would really appreciate it.  I will add the overhead view so that you can see it better.

What succulent is this - can you identity(1)

Have a great week. I am making more hypertufa and hope to have a video out again soon. I ran into some problems with my newest planter and I am working on those and offering those solutions to you. I hope you will visit my YouTube channel “Kim’s Gardens” and watch a few of them and see what you think.  And please share!


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