Hylotelephium telephium (L.) H. Ohba
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Anacampseros livida, Anacampseros tarnensis, Anacampseros tarnensis, Hylotelephium telephium subsp. telephium, Sedum archangelicum, Sedum bohuslawii, Sedum candollei, Sedum macrophyllum, Sedum schultzii, Sedum serotinum, Sedum telephium, Sedum telephium subsp. complanatum, Sedum telephium var. borderi, Sedum telephium var. callayanum, Sedum telephium var. rhodanense, Sedum thirkeanum, Sedum viridulum, Sedum vogesiacum
Hylotelephium telephium, formerly known as Sedum telephium, is a clump-forming succulent with erect pale green stems that bear fleshy dark green leaves, sometimes tinged red. It grows up to 20 inches (50 cm) tall. Leaves are oblong to narrowly ovate, up to 2.4 inches (6 cm) long and 1 inch (2.5 cm) wide. Flowers appear in dense clusters on sturdy stems rising above the foliage from summer to fall. They open blush-colored, age to coppery pink, then rust as the weather cools.
The specific epithet "telephium (te-LE-fee-um)" honors Telephus, a son of Heracles and Auge, the daughter of king Aleus of Tegea. He received a thigh wound from the spear of Achilles that would not heal until treated by rust scraped from the spear that had caused the wound.
USDA hardiness zone 5a to 9b: from −20 °F (−28.9 °C) to 30 °F (−1.1 °C).
How to Grow and Care
These popular garden plants are easy to grow. Hylotelephiums are ideal for that part of your garden that gets too much sun or too little water to grow anything else. They also grow well in containers.
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.
These succulents do not need rich soil, but they need excellent drainage. Choose a commercial potting mix for succulents, or make one yourself.
Hylotelephiums are drought-tolerant once established. The best way to water a Hylotelephium is to use the "soak and dry" method. First, get the soil completely wet, and then wait until it is dry before watering again.
Feed annually with a balanced fertilizer. Apply the fertilizer to the soil in spring as new growth appears, according to package directions.
Hylotelephiums can be grown from seeds, division, or stem cuttings.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Hylotelephium.
Native to Eurasia.
Subspecies, Cultivars, and Hybrids
- Hylotelephium telephium subsp. ruprechtii
- Hylotelephium telephium 'Matrona'
- Hylotelephium telephium 'Purple Emperor'
- Hylotelephium 'Carl'
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