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Hylotelephium erythrostictum (Garden Stonecrop)

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Scientific Name

Hylotelephium erythrostictum (Miq.) H. Ohba

Common Names

Garden Orpine, Garden Stonecrop

Synonyms

Sedum alboroseum, Sedum erythrostictum, Sedum erythrostictum f. variegatum, Sedum erythrostictum var. variegatum, Sedum labordei, Sedum okuyamae, Sedum telephium subsp. alboroseum

Scientific Classification

Family: Crassulaceae
Subfamily: Sedoideae
Tribe: Sedeae
Subtribe: Sedinae
Genus: Hylotelephium

Origin

Native to ChinaJapan, Korea, and Russia.

Description

Hylotelephium erythrostictum, formerly known as Sedum erythrostictum, is a succulent that produces a cluster of upright, unbranched stems with pale green leaves. The stems grow from carrot-shaped tuberous roots. They are up to 3.3 feet (1 m) tall and up to 0.4 inches (1 cm) in diameter. Leaves are elliptic with serrated edges, up to 4 inches (10 cm) long and up to 1.6 inches (4 cm) wide. Flowers are white or pale pink with purplish-red anthers, star-shaped, up to 0.4 inches (1 cm) across, and appear in clusters from summer to fall.

The specific epithet "erythrostictum" means "spotted red" and derives from the Latin words "erythros," meaning "red" and "stictos," meaning "spotted."

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How to Grow and Care

Light: Hylotelephiums prefer full sun. They tolerate light to partial shade in hot summer climates but will produce weak, floppy growth when grown in too much shade or overly rich soils.

Soil: These succulents do not need rich soil, but they do need excellent drainage. Choose a commercial potting mix for succulents, or make one yourself.

Hardiness: Hylotelephium erythrostictum can tolerate temperatures as low as -40 to 30 °F (-40 to -1.1 °C), USDA hardiness zones 3a to 9b.

Watering: Hylotelephiums are drought-tolerant once established. The best way to water a Hylotelephium is to use the "soak and dry" method. Get the soil completely wet and then wait until it is dry before watering again.

Fertilizing: Feed annually with a balanced fertilizer. Apply the fertilizer to the soil in spring as new growth appears, according to package directions.

Repotting: Plants in containers do require little more care than those in gardens. Repot your plants when they outgrow their current pot by moving them out to a larger container to hold the plant better.

Propagation: Hylotelephiums can be grown from seeds, division, or stem cuttings.

Toxicity: Hylotelephium plants can be mildly toxic to humans and animals.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Hylotelephium.

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