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Hylotelephium telephium (Orpine)


Scientific Name

Hylotelephium telephium (L.) H. Ohba

Common Names

Orpine, Livelong, Frog's Stomach, Harping Johnny, Life-everlasting, Live-forever, Midsummer Men, Orphan John, Witch's Moneybags


Sedum telephium (basionym), Sedum purpureum

Scientific Classification

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


Hylotelephium telephium, formerly known as Sedum telephium, is a perennial succulent that grows up to 20 inches (50 cm) tall with a spread of up to 1 feet (30 cm). Dense summer flowers cluster on sturdy stems rising above bright green leaves. Blooms start out blush-colored, aging to coppery pink, then rust as the weather cools. It is in flower from summer to fall.

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How to Grow and Care

When growing Sedum, keep in mind that Sedum 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 Sedum 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 Sedum 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 anew plant will be established in a season or two… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Sedum.


Native to Eurasia.

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