Friday, 21 November 2014

Flower of the day: Sedum spectabile

Hylotelephium spectabile (formerly called Sedum spectabile)

Hylotelephium spectabile is a species of flowering plant in the stonecrop family Crassulaceae, native to China and Korea. Its common names include showy stonecrop, ice plant, and butterfly stonecrop. Growing to 45 cm (18 in) tall and broad, it is an herbaceous perennial with alternate, simple, toothed leaves on erect, unbranched succulent stems. The star-shaped pink flowers are borne in flat cymes 15 cm (6 in) across, in fall (autumn).
The specific epithet spectabile means "showy".

This plant is valued in cultivation as drought-tolerant groundcover. Numerous cultivars have been produced. The species[ and the cultivar 'Brilliant' have both gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.

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