Sep. 1, 2022

ditch stonecrop, Penthorum sedoides

Ditch stonecrop will indeed grow in ditches, or almost any other wet spot if the pH is fairly neutral. It can even survive as an aquatic, and is sometimes sold for aquariums. These quarter-inch flowers on stems up to a couple of feet tall aren't very eye catching. In late season the pistils become spikes on bright red fruit, and that will catch your eye. The Cherokee used this as an occasional potherb, and the Meskwaki made a cough syrup from it. Ditch stonecrop grows in AL, AR, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, BC, MB, NB, ON, and QC. Ives Fen Preserve, Lenawee Co MI, 8/17/11. Ditch stonecrop family, Penthoraceae.