ORPINE

Sedum telephium

(now known as: Hylotelephium telephium)
Stonecrop Family [Crassulaceae]

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5th Aug 2011, Little Langdale, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
The tallest UK Stonecrop, reaching 60cm high, in particular taller than Ice-Plant. The heads are also narrower but more rounded than the broader flatter flower-heads of Ice-Plant. In a garden.


10th Aug 2012, Lathkill Dale, Derbyshire. Photo: © RWD
The only specimen in the upper valley and apparently growing wild, but right beside the main path...


10th Aug 2012, Lathkill Dale, Derbyshire. Photo: © RWD
Of the pink Stonecrops, this is the most frequently naturally occurring. Leaves alternate (un-like the garden escapee Ice-Plant aka Butterfly Stonecrop (Sedum spectabile) which has opposite leaves)


10th Aug 2012, Lathkill Dale, Derbyshire. Photo: © RWD
Leaves on all sides of the single stem.


10th Aug 2012, Lathkill Dale, Derbyshire. Photo: © RWD
Flowers clustered together in a sort of umbel. Un-opened flower buds pink. Stems thick, succulent, pale green and reddening.


10th Aug 2012, Lathkill Dale, Derbyshire. Photo: © RWD
Flowers pink to red and nominally with five petals (although one with four can be found in the centre).


10th Aug 2012, Lathkill Dale, Derbyshire. Photo: © RWD
Leaves sessile (without stalks) in ssp. telephium.


10th Aug 2012, Lathkill Dale, Derbyshire. Photo: © RWD
Ten pink/reddish stamens with red anthers turning fawn. At between 3mm and 5mm it has smaller petals than does Ice-Plant aka Butterfly Stonecrop which are between 5.5 to 8mm across.


10th Aug 2012, Lathkill Dale, Derbyshire. Photo: © RWD
Flowers are bisexual, with 5-pointed reddish structure in centre.


10th Aug 2012, Lathkill Dale, Derbyshire. Photo: © RWD
Un-opened flower buds 5-sided and pink rather than red.


10th Aug 2012, Lathkill Dale, Derbyshire. Photo: © RWD
Leaves narrower than those of Ice-Plant aka Butterfly Stonecrop.


10th Aug 2012, Lathkill Dale, Derbyshire. Photo: © RWD
Leaves serrately toothed (rather than the creanate (convex) teeth of Ice-Plant aka Butterfly Stonecrop.



Easily mis-identified as : Ice-Plant (aka Butterfly Stonecrop)

Hybridises with : Butterfly Stonecrop (aka Ice-Plant) [Sedum spectabile] to produce Sedum 'Herbstfreude' aka Autumn Stonecrop/Autumn Joy which differs from Butterfly Stonecrop which has leaves in opposition in that at least some of the leaves are a alternate and is sterile and of garden origin, but escapees. There are two sub-species:

  • Orpine (Sedum telephium ssp. fabaria) is much more common in the UK and with leaves usually sessile (un-stalked) and tapering to a cuneate (concave) base.
  • Orpine (Sedum telephium ssp. telephium) has leaves which taper to a truncate (flat) base
The above photographs probably correspond with Sedum telephium ssp. fabaria.

Some similarities to : Roseroot another sedum with similar leaves but with larger and yellow not red flowers.

Slight resemblance to : Caucasian Stonecrop (Sedum spurium) in that it also has red flowers of similar size.

No relation to : Ground-pine (Ajuga chamaepitys) [a plant with similar name but in a different family].

You are much more likely to find this growing in or near a garden than growing in the wild, but it does sometimes, usually as escapes.


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ORPINE

Sedum telephium

(now known as: Hylotelephium telephium)
Stonecrop Family [Crassulaceae]