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Orpine

Sedum telephium

Plant Data

Order:
Saxifragales
Family:
Crassulaceae (Stonecrop)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Loose clusters of tiny but dense purplish-pink to rose-coloured flowers at the top of the stems. 5 pointed petals and an equal number of leaf-like sepals.
Fruit:
Many seeded dry fruit, splitting open on one side when ripe.
Leaves:
Broad, coarsely toothed, succulent and alternate leaves.
Maximum Size:
60cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
The leaves can be eaten either raw or cooked and can be added to salads. The roots can be added to soups and stews after cooking.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Other Names:
Aaron's Rod, Alpine, Alpine Livelong, Evergreen Orpine, Frog Plant, Frog's-stomach, Harping Johnny, Life-everlasting, Live-forever, Livelong, Midsummer-men, Orphan John, Red Orpine, Rosecrown, Rosy-flowered Stonecrop, Stonecrop, Stone-hot, Wild Stonecrop, Witch's Moneybags.
Habitats:
Gardens, hedgerows, rocks, woodland.