Sedum telephium | Also known as: Dark purple orpine, Purple orpine Sedum telephium subsp. maximum | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

Flowers late, so stays on in winter to make up for lost time.

Hugely impressive in any garden, Sedum telephium is ideal for adding a curious splash of colour to a garden even in winter. Deciduous, its blue-green foliage is shed by the time winter comes, but its seed heads remain in glorious shades of deep pink and purple. Summer sees it produce some stunning purple-pink flower heads comprising a multitude of tiny individual blossoms standing on an erect stem, lending vibrancy along with it. At home in well-drained soil and in full sun, this mat-forming perennial is ideally suited for rockeries and gravel beds and other areas that may need some colour.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 0.6
Spread [m]
  • 0.3
Dominant flower colour
  • Pink
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Late summer
  • Early autumn
Foliage in spring
  • Grey-green
Foliage in summer
  • Grey-green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Grey-green
Propagation methods
  • softwood cuttings
  • seed
  • division
Growth habit
  • Clump-forming
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z4-9
Heat zone
  • H9-3
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -34 - -1
Heat days
  • 7 - 150
  • well-drained
Soil type
  • sandy
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Exposed
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Flowers & bulbs
  • Perennials
Grown for
  • Attractive Flowers
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • For Beginners
  • Colours
Garden type
  • Cottage garden
  • Coastal
  • Containers
  • City
  • Gravel garden
Garden spaces
  • Flower beds
  • Edging
  • Borders
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • 2 to 5 years
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