The genus Rhodiola, treated here as distinct, is included in Sedum by some authors.
Chamaerhodiola stracheyi (Hook.f. & Thomson) Nakai
Chamaerhodiola tibetica (Hook.f. & Thomson) Nakai
Sedum quadrifidum tibeticum (Hook.f. & Thomson) Fröd.
Sedum stracheyi Hook.f. & Thomson
Sedum tibeticum Hook.f. & Thomson
Rhodiola tibetica is a perennial plant producing a cluster of stems up to 30cm tall[
E. Asia - China (southwest Thibet), Afghanistan, Pakistan, northern India
Alpine meadows with occasional summer rain, but under snow for much of the year[
]. Stony slopes on the sides of ravines; at elevations from 4,100 - 5,400 metres[
Prefers a fertile well-drained soil in a sunny position[
]. Established plants are drought tolerant[
This species is closely related to R. Quadrifida[
The flowers of this species are dark purple[
]. 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[
Dioecious, male and female plants must be grown if seed is required.
Leaves - raw or cooked[
Seed - surface sow 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.