Plant Identification - Knowledgebase Question

Winthrop, MA
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Question by fisco
June 19, 1999
Please identify a tiny yellow flower with a stem that looks as though it is braided. The color is almost lemon lime.It is common in rock gardens as a ground cover and is very bright? The flower itself looks like a star.

Answer from NGA
June 19, 1999
Sedums (Stonecrop) are often planted in rock gardens. These are succulent perennials You are describing Sedum kamtschaticum or Sedum morganianum (Donkey Tail or Burro Tail). Both plants have thick, fleshy leaves that overlap, making the stems look like they're braided. Both produce start shaped yellow flowers. Maybe the names will help you find pictures of the plants so you can figure out which one you're trying to identify.

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