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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: This succulent prefers full sun. It tolerates light to partial shade in hot summer climates but will produce weak, floppy growth when grown in too much shade. Plant your H. ewersii in an area of your garden that gets 6 hours of sunlight a day.

Soil: H. ewersii does not need rich soil, but it does need excellent drainage. Choose a commercial potting mix for succulents or make one yourself.

Hardiness: This plant has a tolerance to heat and drought and is cold-hardy, making it a popular outdoor succulent. H. ewersii can withstand temperatures as low as -30 to 30 °F (-34.4 to -1.1 °C), USDA hardiness zones 4a to 9b.

Watering: The best way to water H. ewersii 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 H. ewersii when it outgrows its current pot by moving it out to a larger pot to hold the plant better. Spring is the best time to repot this plant. Make sure the soil is dry before you begin the repotting process.

Propagation: This succulent can be grown from seeds, division, or stem cuttings. Sow seeds in spring. Dividing your H. ewersii is very easy and can be carried out at almost any time in the growing season, though it is probably best done in spring or early summer. Propagate by stem cuttings in summer.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Hylotelephium.

Toxicity of Hylotelephium ewersii

H. ewersii can be mildly toxic to humans and animals.

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