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Hylotelephium ewersii (Pink Mongolian Stonecrop)

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Scientific Name

Hylotelephium ewersii (Ledeb.) H. Ohba

Common Names

Pink Mongolian Stonecrop

Synonyms

Hylotelephium pakistanicum, Sedum altaicum, Sedum azureum, Sedum ewersii, Sedum ewersii var. cyclophyllum, Sedum ewersii var. homophyllum, Sedum gerardianum, Sedum pakistanicum, Sedum rubrum

Scientific Classification

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

Origin

This succulent is native to the Himalayas and the mountains of Central Asia at elevations of up to 14,000 feet (4,300 m).

Description

Hylotelephium ewersii, formerly known as Sedum ewersii, is a deciduous succulent that forms a low mound of many decumbent stems that bears fleshy, pale green to gray-green leaves. It grows up to 4 inches (10 cm) tall. Stems are thin but wiry, woody and branched near the base, and grow up to 10 inches (25 cm) long. Leaves are rounded, with margins entire or finely toothed and up to 0.8 inches (2 cm) in diameter. Flowers are pink or pale purple to purplish-red, star-shaped, and about 0.4 inches (1 cm) across. They appear in late summer in clusters on short stems above the foliage.

The specific epithet "ewersii" honors Johann Philipp Gustav von Ewers (1779-1830), German legal historian, a friend of Carl Friedrich von Ledebour (1786-1851) and promotor of his botanical exploration in Siberia.

Hylotelephium ewersii (Pink Mongolian Stonecrop) aka Sedum ewersii

Photo by Far Out Flora

How to Grow and Care for Hylotelephium ewersii

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 ewersii can withstand temperatures as low as -30 to 30 °F (-34.4 to -1.1 °C), USDA hardiness zones 4a 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.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Hylotelephium.

Toxicity of Hylotelephium ewersii

Hylotelephium plants can be mildly toxic to humans and animals.

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