Hylotelephium telephium

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For orpine stonecrop, see Sedum debile.
Hylotelephium telephium
Sedum telephium 240808e.jpg
H. telephium subsp. telephium
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Saxifragales
Family: Crassulaceae
Genus: Hylotelephium
Species: H. telephium
Binomial name
Hylotelephium telephium
(L.) H.Ohba
  • Sedum carpaticum
  • Sedum fabaria
  • Sedum telephium

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. ^ "BSBI List 2007". Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Archived from the original (xls) on 2015-02-25. Retrieved 2014-10-17. 
  2. ^ a b From its Greek name aizoon, which means live forever - Perennial ground covers, David S. MacKenzie, Timber Press, 2002, p. 290, ISBN 978-0-88192-557-9
  3. ^ Children like to separate [the] outer leaf layers to form little "balloon purses," or "witch's moneybags." Witch's Moneybags at Audubon Guides, 2009, retrieved 3 April 2010

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