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Commonly known as Stonecrop
Genus of about 485 species of usually succulent annuals and evergreen, semi-evergreen or deciduous biennials, perennials, subshrubs and shrubs. Widely distributed, they are found mostly in mountains in the northern hemisphere but some in arid regions of South America. Now celebrated (or not) by their new name Hylotelephium.
Stonecrops are very variable and most have fleshy leaves and star-shaped flowers.
Some species are valuable wildlife plants attracting butterflies, bees and other insects.
There are 6 species regarded as UK natives including S. telephium (Orpine), S. acre, common throughout Britain and S. anglicum (English stonecrop) from rocks, dunes and shingle western coasts of England, Scotland and Ireland.
Alpine or rock plant - These plants prefer well drained soil and are generally dwarf in habit.
Herbaceous - Early in the year, typically January till end of March, herbaceous plants might be supplied in 9cm pots to ensure timely despatch.
Succulent - usually succulent.
Full sun - vigorous species tolerate light shade
Harmful if eaten - These will give you an upset tummy, so please don't eat any of these.
May cause skin allergy or irritant - Having skin or eye contact with these plants could result in an allergic reaction, burning or rash.
Additional Features - Good to know - - larger herbaceous species should be diveded every 3 or 4 years to improve flowering
Pests & Diseases - slugs, snails,vine weevils, crown and root rots
Place of origin - mainly in mountains of northern hemisphere
Garden Location/Conditions - Rockery (inc alpine) -
Soil Conditions - Neutral to alkaline soil -
Well drained, dry, poor to moderately fertile soil
Wildlife - Bee friendly -
- Dividing Herbaceous Perennials - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Spring Planting Osteospermums - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Dividing Summer Perennials - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Dividing summer flowering Hemerocallis - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Summer propagation - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Self-seeding aquilegia - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Supporting Plants - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Dead heading meconopsis - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Dead heading Delphiniums - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Feeding herbaceous peonies - Video Tip ondemand_video