Hylotelephium spectabile

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Hylotelephium spectabile
Sedum spectabile - blossom top (aka).jpg
Scientific classification
H. spectabile
Binomial name
Hylotelephium spectabile
  • Sedum spectabile Boreau
  • Sedum telephium var. kirinense Kom.

Hylotelephium spectabile (formerly called Sedum spectabile) is a species of flowering plant in the stonecrop family Crassulaceae, native to China and Korea. Its common names include showy stonecrop,[2] ice plant,[3] and butterfly stonecrop.[4] Growing to 45 cm (18 in) tall and broad, it is an herbaceous perennial with alternate, simple, toothed leaves on erect, unbranched succulent stems. The star-shaped pink flowers are borne in flat cymes 15 cm (6 in) across, in fall (autumn).[5]

The specific epithet spectabile means "showy".[6]

This plant is valued in cultivation as drought-tolerant groundcover.[citation needed] Numerous cultivars have been produced. The species[7] and the cultivar 'Brilliant'[8] have both gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.


  1. ^ "The Plant List: A Working List of All Plant Species".
  2. ^ "Hylotelephium spectabile". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 15 May 2015.
  3. ^ "Hylotelephium spectabile". Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN). Agricultural Research Service (ARS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Retrieved 19 June 2014.
  4. ^ "BSBI List 2007". Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Archived from the original (xls) on 2015-01-25. Retrieved 2014-10-17.
  5. ^ RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 1405332964.
  6. ^ Harrison, Lorraine (2012). RHS Latin for gardeners. United Kingdom: Mitchell Beazley. p. 224. ISBN 9781845337315.
  7. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Sedum spectabile". Retrieved 3 June 2013.
  8. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Sedum spectabile 'Brilliant'". Retrieved 3 June 2013.

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