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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). Flowers appear in dense clusters from summer to fall on sturdy stems rising above bright green leaves. They start blush-colored, aging to coppery pink, then rust as the weather cools.

Hylotelephium telephium (Sedum telephium) - Orpine

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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 do 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. 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.

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