CAUCASIAN STONECROP

Sedum spurium

Stonecrop Family [Crassulaceae]  

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status
statusZalien
flower
flower8purple
inner
inner8red
morph
morph8actino
petals
petalsZ5
type
typeZclustered
stem
stem8round
sex
sexZbisexual

27th July 2005, Horton in Ribblesdale, Yorkshire. Photo: © RWD
A low-growing creeping and mat-forming Stonecrop with bright pink-red flowers similar to those of Orpine but that grows much taller.


27th July 2005, Horton in Ribblesdale, Yorkshire. Photo: © RWD
Unopened flower buds have a sepal cup which is well short of the much longer sepals which all taper to a point (top right of photo).

The flowers, when open, have 6 long, narrow, pink-red petals.



22nd July 2008, Cragg Vale, Yorkshire. Photo: © RWD
The 5 reddish-pink petals are narrow-triangular tapering to a tip.


27th July 2005, Horton in Ribblesdale, Yorkshire. Photo: © RWD
An as-yet unopened flower 1/3rd the way down and slightly on the right.


27th July 2005, Horton in Ribblesdale, Yorkshire. Photo: © RWD
Within the bounds of the 5 petals is ring of 10 anthers with small black anthers. In the centre is a 5 lobed ovary with 5 long styles each with tiny white-tipped discoidal stigmas. Apart from the black anthers and the white styles everything else a uniform reddish-pink.


27th July 2005, Horton in Ribblesdale, Yorkshire. Photo: © RWD
The leaves are in stacked whorls of 4, one set upon the other becoming smaller as the top is reached. They have brownish tips at the extremities and very shallow, rounded teeth.


Caucasian Stonecrop can also be found in the garden, where some people regard it as a weed, since it is apt to spread, albeit quite slowly. It is a very reluctant flowerer perhaps not flowering for several years, but when it does decide to flower, then it can put on a remarkable show of flowers. It can very easily escape from gardens covering the ground.

Not to be confused with Caucasian Fir (Abies nordmanniana), Caucasian Beet (Beta trigyna), Caucasian Barrenwort (Epimedium pinnatum), Caucasian Snowdrop (Galanthus caucasicus), Caucasian Crane's-bill (Geranium ibericum), Caucasian Penny-cress (Pachyphragma macrophyllum), Caucasian Crosswort (Phuopsis stylosa), Caucasian Wingnut (Pterocarya fraxinifolia), Caucasian Campion (Silene schafta), Caucasian Comfrey (Symphytum caucasicum), Caucasian Mullein (Verbascum pyramidatum) nor with the similar Lesser Caucasian-stonecrop (Sedum stoloniferum) - plants with similar names mostly belonging to differing Families.


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Distribution
family8Stonecrop family8Crassulaceae
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Sedum
(Stonecrops)

CAUCASIAN STONECROP

Sedum spurium

Stonecrop Family [Crassulaceae]  

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