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Dieren en planten

Plants   Dune flora   Multi-colored flowers   Orpine family   Wall-pepper   

Mens en Milieu



plant: 5 to 10 centimeters
leaf: 3-4 millimeters
flower: 1.2 centimeters


flower: yellow


June and July


seed, broken off pieces of plant




Europe and Asia Minor, imported in North America and New Zealand

  • Dut: Muurpeper
  • Lat: Sedum acre
  • Eng: Wall-pepper, (biting) stonecrop, goldmoss stonecrop, goldmoss sedum
  • Fren: Orpin acre
  • Ger: Mauerpfeffer
Wall-pepper, foto fitis, sytske dijksen


Wall-pepper has various names, each one emphasizing a particular feature or two. The name wall-pepper comes from the fact that it can grow in notches in a stone wall and it has a strong peppery flavor. Sometimes it takes awhile for the sharpness to take effect, but once it does ... It's not so strange that this plant is used as a flavoring. Because it is a succulent plant, storing water in its fleshy leaves, it is resistant to drought. In general, you don't tend to notice this plant among all the other vegetation. However when it blossoms, the ground turns into a sea of yellow stars!

  • Distribution and habitat
    Wall-pepper, foto fitis, sytske dijksen

    Wall-pepper is very common in the Netherlands, growing most often in the dunes and along rivers. Because it is also a popular garden plant, you find it throughout the country. This plant likes sun and calcium-rich sandy or stony bottoms. It is not a very demanding plant and is even found growing in dunes that are so close to the sea that they sometimes flood during winter storms. It also grows in the verges of salted roads.