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Hylotelephium cauticola

Common Name(s):

Previously known as:

  • Sedum cauticola
Phonetic Spelling
hy-loh-te-LEH-fee-um kaw-tih-KOL-uh
This plant has low severity poison characteristics.
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Description

Succulent perennial herb with fleshy, flat or rounded leaves, greenish blue-gray in color; flowers 4-5-parted, yellow, white, or red.

A succulent perennial herb that can be found growing in forests or natural areas as a native plant.  It is also used as a houseplant or interiorscape or in the landscape as a herbaceous perennial.

It causes low toxicity if eaten.  However, the stems and leaves, when very young and tender may be eaten raw.  Later, until they flower, they may be briefly cooked.

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  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Hylotelephium
    Species:
    cauticola
    Family:
    Crassulaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Play Value:
    Attractive Flowers
    Attracts Pollinators
    Textural
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ground Cover
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Perennial
    Poisonous
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Texture:
    Fine
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Very Dry
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8a, 8b, 9b, 9a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Blue
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Purple/Lavender
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Bluish grey leaves, heavily spotted with purple.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Purple/Lavender
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Recreational Play Area
    Landscape Theme:
    Children's Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Attracts:
    Pollinators
    Songbirds
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    Low
    Poison Symptoms:
    Unknown, but possibly gastrointestinal symptoms
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Alkaloids sedine, sedamine and others
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    No
    Poison Part:
    Flowers
    Fruits
    Leaves
    Roots
    Sap/Juice
    Seeds
    Stems