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American Orpine Hylotelephium telephioides

Previously known as:

  • Sedum telephioides
Phonetic Spelling
hy-loh-te-LEE-fee-um tel-ee-fee-OY-deez
Description

Allegheny stonecrop is the only North American native Hylotelephium in the Crassulaceae (succulent) family.  This perennial plant is found growing mostly in the high elevation areas of the Appalachian mountain range from North Carolina to Pennsylvania on rocky outcroppings, slopes, woodlands, and along roadsides. 

They grow in clumps and their fleshy leaves along erect stems reach a height of 12 to 15 inches.  Plant in full sun to partial shade in dry rocky soils.

These plants are drought tolerant and work well in a border front, cottage, rock, or native garden.

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#drought tolerant#white flowers#pink flowers#NC native#summer flowers#rock gardens#border front#late summer flowers#native succulent#early fall flowers
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#drought tolerant#white flowers#pink flowers#NC native#summer flowers#rock gardens#border front#late summer flowers#native succulent#early fall flowers
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Hylotelephium
    Species:
    telephioides
    Family:
    Crassulaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Leaf Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Candada and eastern U.S.A.
    Distribution:
    CT, GA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MD, NC, NJ, OH, PA, SC, VA, WV, Ontario, introduced in NY
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Succulent
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
    Texture:
    Fine
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Loam (Silt)
    Shallow Rocky
    Soil Drainage:
    Occasionally Dry
    Very Dry
    Available Space To Plant:
    Less than 12 inches
    12 inches-3 feet
    NC Region:
    Mountains
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Type:
    Follicle
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Corymb
    Cyme
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Star
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Description:
    White or pale pink tinged 5 petaled star shaped flowers with a green keel are grouped together and give the corymbose cyme inflorences a soft fuzzy look. The infloreces are about 3" across. Flowers appear in the summer to early fall.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Oblanceolate
    Obovate
    Spatulate
    Leaf Margin:
    Dentate
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves are mostly alternate sometimes opposite, fleshy, sessile or with short petioles. They get smaller as the reach the end of the stem though less so than other members of the genus. The leaves are obovate, oblanceolate or spatulate margins are entire or dentate. The leaf surface is often glaucous.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    Cottage Garden
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Native Garden
    Rock Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought