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hylotelephium telephium  • 

Photo: orpine

Photo: orpine
Photo: orpine

General description

Hylotelephium telephium (orpine,[1] livelong, frog's-stomach, harping Johnny, life-everlasting, live-forever,[2] midsummer-men, Orphan John, witch's moneybags[3]) is succulent perennial groundcover[2] of the family Crassulaceae native to Eurasia. The flowers are held in dense heads and can be reddish or yellowish-white. A number of cultivars, often with purplish leaves, are grown in gardens as well as hybrids between this species and the related Hylotelephium spectabile (Iceplant), especially the popular Sedum 'Herbstfreude' ('Autumn Joy'). Occasionally garden plants may escape and naturalise as has happened in parts of North America as wildflowers.


There are several subspecies including:

H. telephium ssp. fabaria - West & Central Europe
H. telephium ssp. maximum - Europe
H. telephium ssp. ruprechtii - North-east Europe
H. telephium ssp. telephium - Central & East Europe

The plant has been used medicinally and also for love-divination

This species (and some of its close relatives) are sometimes still placed in the genus Sedum


1 cm