Sedum ternatum as a shade-tolerant species is often found in the forest understory, although it can also grow in sunnier locations when sufficient moisture is present. It is native to much of the eastern United States. Sedum ternatum can be distinguished from other sedums, native and cultivated, which are commonly found in the United States by the white flowers with four (not five) petals, and by the leaves in whorls of three, whence the species name. The plant flowers for about a month in late spring to early summer. It’s often used in landscaping in shady spots and in pots.