This species is often treated as being in a more loosely defined definition of the genus Sedum as Sedum telephium L. We are following the treatment in the Flora of China[
] and the Flora of N. America[
] which treat the genus Sedum in a stricter sense and move various species from there into a number of other species, including Hylotelephium[
Sedum telephium L.
Anacampseros albida Haw. ex DC.
Anacampseros arguta Haw.
Anacampseros aurigerana Jord. & Fourr.
Anacampseros beugesiaca Jord. & Fourr.
Anacampseros borderi Jord. & Fourr.
Anacampseros buxicola Jord. & Fourr.
Anacampseros conferta Jord. & Fourr.
Anacampseros convexa Jord. & Fourr.
Anacampseros dumeticola Jord. & Fourr.
Anacampseros julliana Jord. & Fourr.
Anacampseros lapidicola Jord. & Fourr.
Anacampseros lugdunensis Jord. & Fourr.
Anacampseros monticulorum Jord. & Fourr.
Anacampseros navieri Jord. & Fourr.
Anacampseros praecelsa Jord. & Fourr.
Anacampseros purpurea Haw. ex DC.
Anacampseros pycnantha Jord. & Fourr.
Anacampseros repens Jord. & Fourr.
Anacampseros rhodanensis Jord. & Fourr.
Anacampseros rubella Jord. & Fourr.
Anacampseros rupifraga Jord. & Fourr.
Anacampseros saxifraga Jord. & Fourr.
Anacampseros subalbida Jord. & Fourr.
Anacampseros triphylla Haw.
Anacampseros viridula Jord. & Fourr.
Anacampseros vogesiaca Jord. & Fourr.
Anacampseros vulgaris Haw.
Hylotelephium argutum (Haw.) Holub
Hylotelephium borderi (Jord. & Fourr.) Holub
Hylotelephium carpaticum (G.Reuss) Soják
Hylotelephium maritimum (Bohuslav) Grulich
Hylotelephium purpureum (L.) Holub
Hylotelephium sanguineum (Ortega) Castrov. & Velayos
Hylotelephium triphyllum (Haw.) Holub
Hylotelephium vulgare (Haw.) Holub
Hylotelephium zhiguliense Tzvelev
Sedum argutum (Haw.) Sweet
Sedum borderi A.Chev.
Sedum carpaticum G.Reuss
Sedum fabaria W.D.J.Koch
Sedum jullianum Boreau
Sedum maritimum Bohuslav
Sedum mugodscharicum Boriss.
Sedum purpurascens W.D.J.Koch
Sedum purpureum (L.) Schult.
Sedum rubellum A.Chev.
Sedum sanguineum Ortega
Sedum triphyllum (Haw.) Gray
Telephium purpureum Eichw.
Telephium triphyllum Eichw.
Common Name: Orpine
Hylotelephium telephium is a herbaceous perennial plant producing a cluster of stems 20 - 90cm tall from a short rootstock with a cluster of white, tuberous, carrotlike roots. Axillary buds, which are sometimes produced on the stem, can fall and take root[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and a medicine, and also for use as an ingredient in commercial skin conditioning preparations. It is planted in 'green roof' systems in order to insulated buildings and provide wildlife habitats, and is also often grown as an ornamental,
All species in the genus Sedum (including the closely allied genera such as Hylotelephium and Phedimus) have more or less edible leaves and young flowering stems, though they are not always totally desireable with several species having bitter, acrid or peppery flavours!
However, the plants contain various alkaloids including sedine and sedamine. These can sometimes cause gastric upsets, usually of a mild nature[
]. This is most likely to happen with species that have yellow flowers, though eating large quantities of any species could be problematic[
Throughout Europe except for parts of the Balkans, Ireland, Iceland and Sicily
Hedge banks and the shady sides of damp woods[
]. Mostly sandy or solonetz soils, pine forests; as a weed in fields, among shrubs in forest[
|Other Uses Rating||
|Pollinators||Bees, Lepidoptera, Flies, Self
|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Hylotelephium telephium is a very cold-hardy plant, tolerating temperatures down to around -30°c when dormant[
Succeeds in most soils so long as they are well-drained[
] but prefers a fertile soil that is not too dry[
]. Tolerates poor soils, thriving in sandy to gravelly soils of moderate to low fertility[
]. Succeeds in most soils and is tolerant of quite deep shade[
]. Established plants are drought tolerant[
], they grow well in dry soils and can be grown in crevices on walls[
Often grown as an ornamental, there are a number of named varieties.
This species has pink to red flowers[
]. All members of this genus are said to have edible leaves, though those species that have yellow flowers can cause stomach upsets if they are eaten in quantity[
The flowers are very attractive to bees and butterflies[
Polymorphic, intergrading with Hylotelephium maximum where their ranges meet.
Plants in this genus seem to be immune to the predations of rabbits[
Leaves - raw or cooked[
]. They have occasionally been used in salads[
]. Young plant tops can be used in salads, older ones are cooked as a potherb[
Root - raw or cooked[
]. Very young roots can be used in salads, older roots are sliced and used in soups, stews etc[
]. They can be boiled for 20 minutes and served with seasonings[
The whole plant is astringent and cytostatic[
]. It is a popular remedy for diarrhoea, stimulates the kidneys and has a reputation in the treatment of cancer[
A poultice of the crushed leaves has been used in the treatment of boils and carbuncles[
The plant is planted into 'green roof' and 'green wall' systems. These systems are incorporated into the structure of the building, providing habitats for wildlife as well as insulating the building and helping to improve the environment[
]. The main drawback for this species is that it dies down over the winter, although its dense root system still binds the soil and helps to provide insulation.
An extract of the whole plant is used as an ingredient in skin conditioning preparations[
]. (As Sedum purpureum)
Seed - surface sow in spring in well-drained soil in a sunny position in a greenhouse. Do not allow the soil to dry out. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle. If sufficient growth is made, it is possible to plant them out during the summer, otherwise keep them in a cold-frame or greenhouse for their first winter and plant them out in early summer of the following year[
Division is very easy and can be carried out at almost any time in the growing season, though is probably best done in spring or early summer. Larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found it best to pot up the smaller divisions and grow them on in a lightly shaded position in a cold frame, planting them out once they are well established in the summer.
Cuttings can be taken at almost any time in the growing season, though early in the season is probably best.