• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Hylotelephium telephium


  • Other common names orpine

    alpine live-long
    frog's stomach
    harping Johnny
    live forever
    midsummer men
    orphan John
    witch's moneybags

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  • Synonyms Sedum decumbens
    Sedum telephium

  • Family Crassulaceae

  • Genus Hylotelephium are succulent perennials with heads of small star-shaped flowers in summer to autumn. They are sometimes included within the genus Sedum

  • Details H. telephium is a clump-forming, deciduous perennial with erect, pale green stems bearing fleshy, grey-green leaves. Small, dark pink, star-shaped flowers are produced in dense clusters in late summer and early autumn


  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Clump-forming

  • Toxicity May cause mild stomach upset if eaten, contact with sap may irritate skin

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)




  • Full Sun

  • Aspect East-facing or South-facing or West-facing

  • Exposure Exposed or Sheltered


  • Loam


  • Sand


  • Chalk


  • MoistureWell-drained

  • SoilLoam, Sand, Chalk

  • pHAlkaline, Neutral


  • Ultimate height 0.5-1 metres

  • Ultimate spread 0.1-0.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 2-5 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow in moderately fertile, well-drained, neutral to slightly alkaline soil in full sun

Propagation Propagate by division in spring or by softwood cuttings of non-flowering shoots in early summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types Drought Resistant Flower borders and beds Banks and Slopes Low Maintenance City & Courtyard Gardens Cottage & Informal Garden Gravel Garden Patio & Container Plants Wildlife Gardens Coastal

How to care

Pruning Cut back after flowering to maintain shape or leave seedheads overwinter

Pests Generally pest free

Diseases May be subject to fungal and bacterial crown rot and root rots

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