Rabbit cabbage: use in traditional medicine and landscape design

Rabbit cabbage: use in traditional medicine and landscape design
Rabbit cabbage: use in traditional medicine and landscape design

Sedum, or, as the people say, "rabbit cabbage", is a perennial plant belonging to the genus Sedum, family Crassulacease. This succulent culture is also known as a stone rose, or young.

The plant has been known since ancient times, it was planted as a lightning rod on the roofs of buildings during the reign of Charlemagne. Widespread in Western and Central Africa, in Europe.

What rabbit cabbage looks like

Stem culture - upright, 10 to 70 centimeters high, predominantly purple-red. The plant is fleshy, the leaves are thick and opposite, with a waxy coating, slightly grayish in color. The leaves are serrated and notched.

Flowering begins from July to September, depending on the region of growth. The flowers are star-shaped. They are very small, color - from yellowish-green to reddish. The inflorescence is corymbose and dense. The fruits of the plant can be seen in September. Flowers always appear at the top of the stem.

roof view

Where it grows

In our latitudes, hare cabbage grows in the European part of the Russian Federation, in Moldova and Ukraine. Prefers sandy soils, can also be found on the coastlines near fresh water bodies. The culture also grows on the edges and hills, in pine groves and bushes, along the roads.


In folk medicine, underground, above-ground parts and flowers of hare cabbage are used. The culture is prepared for storage only in sunny weather, in extreme cases, cloudy, but in no case in rainy weather, and not when the plant is flowering. The roots are harvested from September to October.

Grass after harvesting does not need to be washed, but only well cleaned from the ground and dried in a well-ventilated area, previously divided into small segments.

Young cleanings


Sedum is rich in tannins, it contains vitamin C and organic acids, as well as:

  • flavonoid glycosides;
  • carotene;
  • calcium s alts;
  • B vitamins.

Use in traditional medicine

The healing properties of "hare cabbage" are well studied today, and it is precisely established that the plant belongs to the category of poisonous, so its use should be clearly dosed.

Fresh leaves are used in ointments for wounds that do not heal for a long time, for acne and other skin problems. Women use stonecrop to treat mastitis.

Infusions of young people help get rid of bronchitis and stomach ulcers; they help women with heavy menstruation. The decoction is used as a diuretic. The plant works well as a pain reliever.funds.

In terms of its biological activity, the culture is very similar to aloe, so it is used almost like this plant.


If you use the stone rose in the recommended dosages, then there will be no side effects. There are no contraindications to use.

stone rose

Landscape use

The hare cabbage plant is widely used in the design of flower beds, household plots. The culture has about 40 species with a wide range of colors. The main thing is to take into account that stonecrop loves light glades, in which the appearance of the plant immediately becomes more juicy, and the color of the flowers is brighter. In shady places, the culture may not bloom at all, that is, it will completely lose all its decorative effect. Often, with high humidity and a small amount of light, the plant is affected by pathogenic microflora in the form of spots on the foliage and stem.

You will have to regularly monitor the decorative appearance of the plant, cutting off faded inflorescences and cutting off dried leaves. It is necessary to feed the crop with complex mineral fertilizers, but in no case should fresh manure be used.

Rejuvenated does not require watering, and in moist soil, the lower leaves will generally rot. Therefore, it is better to plant the plant near those crops that also do not require watering.

Marble cleaning

Common species

Cultivated in gardens, rabbit cabbage is mainly of the following varieties:


Inflorescence color

Peduncle height

Leaf color

Escape or offspring


up to 10 cm

green above, red below



up to 7 cm

with white edge, light green color


bright purple

up to 18cm

green, mostly red at the base


pink or red

up to 15 cm




up to 20 cm

green, trimmed around the edges



up to 10 cm



greenish yellow

up to 15 cm

green, slightly red around the edges


pink with red in the middle

up to 10 cm

greenish red with pink tips


rose red

up to 14cm

green, with reddishtips



up to 10 cm



rose red

up to 10 cm

light green, with white margins, turning reddish in dry weather

Stonecrop seedlings can be safely ordered in online stores, the plant perfectly tolerates "travel" in the mail. Young is ideal for the formation of multi-level flower beds and flower beds.

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