Sedum rubrotinctum

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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Order: Saxifragales
Family: Crassulaceae
Genus: Sedum
S. rubrotinctum
Binomial name
Sedum rubrotinctum

Sedum rubrotinctum or Sedum × rubrotinctum, and commonly known as jelly-beans,[1] jelly bean plant, or pork and beans. It is a species of Sedum from the plant family Crassulaceae. It is a succulent plant originating in Mexico.[2]


On granite cliff
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The plant is nicknamed for its short leaves that resemble jelly beans, especially when taking on a protective hue.[3] It was named officially as a distinct species in 1948.


The leaves of Sedum rubrotinctum change colour from green to red during the summer months as a protective adaptation.[3][4] The plant sprouts bright yellow flowers from between the leaves in mid-spring.[3]


It has also been classified as a hybrid plant[5] — of Sedum pachyphyllum [ca; es] × Sedum stahlii [fi; sv] — named Sedum × rubrotinctum.


Sedum rubrotinctum is cultivated as an ornamental plant, for planting in gardens and as potted plants. It is grown very easily and tolerates all types of soil except for those that are poorly drained. It grows very well in summer, can take variations in climate, although it is not frost-tolerant.

New plants may be grown from leaves (or beans) that drop off or are separated from the stem and laid on soil.

This plant has won the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[6]

Sedum rubrotinctum is poisonous and may cause irritation when ingested or touched.[3]


  1. ^ BSBI List 2007 (xls). Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Archived from the original (xls) on 2015-06-26. Retrieved 2014-10-17.
  2. ^ "Jelly Bean – Sedum rubrotinctum – Indoor House Plants – Plant Encyclopedia Database at". 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2010-04-27.
  3. ^ a b c d "Sedum rubrotinctum (Pork and Beans)". Retrieved 2010-04-27.
  4. ^ "Pork and Beans (Sedum rubrotinctum)". Retrieved 2010-04-27.
  5. ^ Sedum × rubrotinctum; R.T.Clausen (1948)
  6. ^ "Sedum × rubrotinctum". Royal Horticultural Society. Retrieved 5 March 2021.

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