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PlantFiles: Showy Stonecrop
Sedum telephioides

Family: Crassulaceae (krass-yoo-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Sedum (SEE-dum) (Info)
Species: telephioides (tel-ee-fee-OY-deez) (Info)

Synonym:Hylotelephium telephioides
Synonym:Anacampseros telephioides

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

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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
Light Shade

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
Pale Pink
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive onnaday On Apr 4, 2010, onnaday from Louisville, KY wrote:

My mother had many of these plants growing in our back yard in Kentucky when I was little. We called them "Live Forevers". And they did. They are very hardy, seem to thrive whether in sun or shade. It also spreads easily. The plant stays green throughout the growing season, from early spring to late fall. In August or September, a lavender flower appears on the bush. My family has taken starts from mother's original & planted them. I'm happy to finally know the proper name for the plant.

Positive dawnwarner On Sep 22, 2008, dawnwarner from Montgomery, MN wrote:

They live in any soil condition (if any soil). It spreads easily - great rock or ground cover. Can grow in just mulch. If "leaves" or stem brake, gives off a white, milky and very sticky liquid - irritates my skin. Hard to kill, I use in my rock walls and any where I want weed control - they take over quicky. Long tail like shoots (maybe 12" each, in summer has yellow "flowers" that look like stone crop sedum's. I give them away freely :)

Positive Rowan_linnea On May 30, 2008, Rowan_linnea from Isle, MN (Zone 3b) wrote:

This plant takes a LOT of abuse to kill it! I have it growing in a shady garden here in Minnesota, and it has spread to the surrounding woodland area. Invasive, I suppose, but I like it! I shall endeavor to keep it within a 50 foot radius, and dig clumps for anyone I can get to take it!


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

Auburn, Alabama
Chillicothe, Illinois
Saint Marys, Kansas
Davison, Michigan
Royal Oak, Michigan
Isle, Minnesota
Montgomery, Minnesota
Eunice, Missouri
Bolton Landing, New York
Altoona, Pennsylvania

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