Sedum asiaticum DC.
Sedum crassipes Wall. ex Hook.f. & Thomson
Sedum wallichianum Hook.
Rhodiola crassipes cholaensis (Praeger) Jacobsen
Chamaerhodiola crassipes (Hook.f. & Thomson) Nakai
Rhodiola crassipes (Hook.f. & Thomson) Borissova;
Rhodiola wallichiana is a perennial plant growing from a thickened, sometimes stoloniferous rootstock; it produces a cluster of stems around 17 - 40cm tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine.
E. Asia - southern China, northern India, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar
Moist places, usually under shrubs and trees; at elevations from 3,300 - 4,200 metres[
]. Forests, rocks on slopes; at elevations from 2,500 - 3,800 metres[
|Pollinators||Bees, Lepidoptera, Insects
Rhodiola wallichiana is a moderately cold-hardy plant, tolerating temperatures down to around -20°c when dormant[
Prefers a fertile well-drained soil in a sunny position[
]. Established plants are drought tolerant[
All members of this genus are said to have edible leaves, though those species, such as this one, that have yellow flowers can cause stomach upsets if they are eaten in quantity[
The leaves are probably edible[
The plant is emollient, resolvent and vulnerary[
]. The juice of the plant is applied to burns and wounds[
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.