Hylotelephium telephium (Atropurpureum Group) 'Purple Emperor'
orpine 'Purple Emperor'
A clump-forming deciduous perennial to 50cm tall, with broad, fleshy deep purple leaves on dark red stems, and rounded clusters of small, pale purplish-pink flowers in late summer
SynonymsSedum telephium (Atropurpureum Group) 'Purple Emperor'
Sedum 'Purple Emperor'
see moreSedum 'Washfield Purple'
Sedum purdyi 'Purple Emperor'
Hylotelephium 'Washfield Purple'
Sedum telephium Washfield purple selection
Ultimate height0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height2–5 years
Ultimate spread0.1–0.5 metres
Colour & scent
- Full sun
ExposureExposed or Sheltered
- Native to the UK
Hylotelephium are succulent perennials with heads of small star-shaped flowers in summer to autumn. They are sometimes included within the genus Sedum
- Name status
How to grow
Grow in moderately fertile, well-drained, neutral to slightly alkaline soil in full sun. A drought-tolerant plant, see hylotelephium cultivation for further advice
Suggested planting locations and garden types
- City and courtyard gardens
- Gravel garden
- Patio and container plants
- Cottage and informal garden
- Wildlife gardens
- Flower borders and beds
- Garden edging
For bushy, compact plants, cut back the new stems by half in late May, this method is called the Chelsea Chop; or cut back after flowering, and during border tidy ups in late winter before new growth emerges
May be susceptible to fungal and bacterial crown and root rot on wet soils, or powdery mildews on very dry soils
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