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Hylotelephium pluricaule


Scientific Name

Hylotelephium pluricaule (Maxim.) H. Ohba

Common Names



Sedum telephium var. pluricaule (basionym), Sedum pluricaule, Hylotelephium triphyllum var. pluricaule, Sedum hidakanum, Sedum yezoense

Scientific Classification

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


Hylotelephium pluricaule is small succulent, up to 2.4 inches (6 cm) tall, that forms a low mound of fleshy, ovate leaves. It dies back to the ground in the winter. In the spring, new stems arise from the base of the old stems. The leaves are blue-green flushed with pink, densely arranged on short stems and up to 0.4 inch (1 cm) long, The clusters of pink, star-like flowers appear in mid-summer.

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USDA hardiness zones 5a to 11b: from −20 °F (−28.9 °C) to 45 °F (+7.2 °C).

How to Grow and Care

When growing Sedums, keep in mind that this plants need very little attention or care. They will thrive in conditions that many other plants thrive in, but will do just as well in less hospitable areas. They are ideal for that part of your yard that gets too much sun or too little water to grow anything else. A common name for Sedum is Stonecrop, due to the fact that many gardeners joke that only stones need less care and live longer.

Sedum is easily planted. For shorter varieties, simply laying the plant on the ground where you want it to grow is normally enough to get the plant started there. They will send out roots from wherever the stem is touching the ground and root itself. If you would like to further ensure that the plant will start there, you can add a very thin covering of soil over the plant.

For taller varieties, you can break off one of the stems and push it into the ground where you would like to grow it. The stem will root very easily and a new plant will be established in a season or two.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Sedum.


Hylotelephium pluricaule is native to the Russian island of Sakhalin in the North Pacific.


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