The genus Rhodiola, treated here as distinct, is included in Sedum by some authors.
Common Name: Queen's Crown
Rhodiola rhodantha is an evergreen perennial plant producing a cluster of flowering stems 10 - 60cm tall from an erect or decumbent rootstock. The flowering stems are often persistent[
Western N. America - Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico
Wet meadows, stream banks, rockfields, rock crevices; at elevations from 2,000 - 4,200 metres[
]. Moist places in tundra or in meadows and by streams in the Rocky Mountains to 2700 metres[
Prefers a fertile well-drained soil in a sunny position[
]. Established plants are drought tolerant[
A good plant for the flower border[
This species has pink to white 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[
Leaves - raw or cooked as a potherb[
]. Chopped finely and added to salads[
]. Best used when they are young[
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, and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant out in early summer of the following year.
Division in spring or early summer. Very easy, larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found that it is better to pot up the smaller divisions and grow them on in light shade in a cold frame until they are well established before planting them out in late spring or early summer.