Sedum telephium

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Sedum telephium
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S. telephium subsp. telephium
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Order: Saxifragales
Family: Crassulaceae
Genus: Sedum
S. telephium
Binomial name
Sedum telephium
  • Anacampseros albida Haw. ex DC.
  • Anacampseros arguta Haw.
  • Anacampseros aurigerana Jord. & Fourr.
  • Anacampseros beugesiaca Jord. & Fourr.
  • Anacampseros borderi Jord. & Fourr.
  • Anacampseros buxicola Jord. & Fourr.
  • Anacampseros conferta Jord. & Fourr.
  • Anacampseros convexa Jord. & Fourr.
  • Anacampseros dumeticola Jord. & Fourr.
  • Anacampseros julliana Jord. & Fourr.
  • Anacampseros lapidicola Jord. & Fourr.
  • Anacampseros lugdunensis Jord. & Fourr.
  • Anacampseros monticulorum Jord. & Fourr.
  • Anacampseros navieri Jord. & Fourr.
  • Anacampseros praecelsa Jord. & Fourr.
  • Anacampseros purpurea Haw. ex DC.
  • Anacampseros pycnantha Jord. & Fourr.
  • Anacampseros repens Jord. & Fourr.
  • Anacampseros rhodanensis Jord. & Fourr.
  • Anacampseros rubella Jord. & Fourr.
  • Anacampseros rupifraga Jord. & Fourr.
  • Anacampseros saxifraga Jord. & Fourr.
  • Anacampseros subalbida Jord. & Fourr.
  • Anacampseros triphylla Haw.
  • Anacampseros viridula Jord. & Fourr.
  • Anacampseros vogesiaca Jord. & Fourr.
  • Anacampseros vulgaris Haw.
  • Hylotelephium argutum (Haw.) Holub
  • Hylotelephium carpaticum (G.Reuss) Soják
  • Hylotelephium jullianum (Boreau) Grulich
  • Hylotelephium maritimum (Bohuslav) Grulich
  • Hylotelephium purpureum (L.) Holub
  • Hylotelephium sanguineum (Ortega) Castrov. & Velayos
  • Hylotelephium telephium (L.) H.Ohba
  • Hylotelephium triphyllum (Haw.) Holub
  • Hylotelephium vulgare (Haw.) Holub
  • Hylotelephium zhiguliense Tzvelev
  • Sedum argutum (Haw.) Sweet
  • Sedum carpaticum G.Reuss
  • Sedum fabaria W.D.J.Koch nom. illeg.
  • Sedum jullianum Boreau
  • Sedum maritimum Bohuslav
  • Sedum mugodscharicum Boriss.
  • Sedum purpurascens W.D.J.Koch
  • Sedum purpureum (L.) Schult.
  • Sedum sanguineum Ortega
  • Sedum triphyllum (Haw.) Gray

Sedum telephium, often called Hylotelephium telephium, orpine,[2] livelong, frog's-stomach, harping Johnny, life-everlasting, live-forever,[3] midsummer-men, Orphan John, witch's moneybags[4] is a succulent perennial groundcover[3] 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 'Herbstfreude' ('Autumn Joy'). Occasionally garden plants may escape and naturalise as has happened in parts of North America as wildflowers.

The species can be found growing in fields, around hedges, hills, and on gravelly or calcareous soils.[5]


There are several subspecies including:

  • S. telephium ssp. fabaria - West & Central Europe
  • S. telephium ssp. maximum - Europe
  • S. telephium ssp. ruprechtii - North-east Europe
  • S. 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 placed in the genus Hylotelephium.



  1. ^ The Plant List: A Working List of All Plant Species, retrieved 28 July 2016
  2. ^ "BSBI List 2007". Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Archived from the original (xls) on 2015-01-25. Retrieved 2014-10-17.
  3. ^ 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
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ English Botany; Or, Coloured Figures of British Plants, with Their Essential. 1800.

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