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Hylotelephium telephium ‘Purple Emperor’


Scientific Name

Hylotelephium telephium ‘Purple Emperor’

Common Names

Orpine, Orpine ‘Purple Emperor’


Sedum telephium ‘Purple Emperor’, Sedum purdyi ‘Purple Emperor’, Sedum telephium ‘Washfield Purple’, Sedum ‘Purple Emperor’, Sedum ‘Washfield Purple’

Scientific Classification

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


Hylotelephium telephium ‘Purple Emperor’ is a perennial succulent plant that typically grows in upright to slightly spreading clumps up to 15 inches (37.5 cm) tall. Masses of tiny, star-like, dusky pinkish-purple flowers bloom in large flattened heads (cymes up to 6 inches/15 cm across) atop stems clad with dark purple, fleshy, succulent leaves. Blooms from mid-summer to early fall.

Hylotelephium telephium 'Purple Emperor'

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USDA hardiness zone 4a to 8b: from −30 °F (−34.4 °C) to 20 °F (−6.7 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Sedum ‘Purple Emperor’ grows best in full sun exposure areas. In hot microclimates, this plant tolerates partial shady conditions. Good-draining soil is required for this plant, which does not tolerate wet roots. Stonecrop plants work well tucked into soil pockets on piles of stone in rock gardens. They are also suitable to grow in containers.

The best time to plant Sedum ‘Purple Emperor’ is in the spring. Place the root ball in good-draining soil so that the top of the root ball is level with the ground. Spacing for this succulent is between 6 and 24 inches (15 and 60 cm). Plant closer together to speed up the amount of time it takes to cover an area.

This succulent benefits from a couple of inches of wood chip or shredded bark mulch. Mulching reduces weed growth and moisture loss from evaporation. Keep the mulch 2 inches (5 cm) from the plant stems to prevent stem rot… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Sedum ‘Purple Emperor’.


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