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Rhodiola rosea

Family: Crassulaceae (krass-yoo-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Rhodiola (ROD-ee-oh-luh) (Info)
Species: rosea (RO-zee-uh) (Info)

Synonym:Rhodiola roanensis
Synonym:Sedum rhodiola
Synonym:Sedum roseum
Synonym:Sedum roseum var. roanense
Synonym:Rhodiola semenowii

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under 6 in. (15 cm)
6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

USDA Zone 2a: to -45.5 C (-50 F)
USDA Zone 2b: to -42.7 C (-45 F)
USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow
Chartreuse (Yellow-Green)
Maroon (Purple-Brown)

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
This plant is fire-retardant

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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2 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral cgm707 On Jun 5, 2014, cgm707 from San Diego, CA wrote:

Does anyone know where this sedum can be purchased?

Positive ZaksGarden On May 5, 2004, ZaksGarden from Winston Salem, NC wrote:

My neighbor gave me one full grown plant, and two babies it had put off. I love having this plant in my garden! It has beautiful foliage and always catches the eyes of all the visitors of my garden.

Neutral jbyron On Aug 1, 2003, jbyron wrote:

Used by many cultures as an adaptagen or tonic. Vikings used this root to boost courage before battle. Recent research shows that Rhodiola rosea reduces anxiety and increases the effectiveness of some cancer chemotherapy drugs while lessening their side effects. Species name rosea originates from rose-like scent of the roots.

Positive Weezingreens On Sep 30, 2002, Weezingreens from Seward, AK (Zone 3b) wrote:

Rose root is a fleshy plant with blue-green rosettes that are topped with small, brownish-red flowers beginning in June. Roseroot's name is derived from the rose-like smell that is present when the roots are cut.

This native sedum grows up to 6000 ft on the mountains surrounding our Southcentral Alaskan coastal town. It is found along rocky cliffs, throughout most of Alaska, but adapts well to the rock garden.

Roseroot is not easy to transplant when found in rocky areas where the roots grow deep into crevices. They will grow from seed if little or no soil cover is applied. Young plants are edible, eaten cooked or raw.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Seward, Alaska
Wasilla, Alaska
Los Angeles, California

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