Stonecrop Hylotelephium telephium

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care


Hylotelephium telephium, commonly known as stonecrop, is a succulent plant with a robust and upright stature. The fleshy leaves are typically green and often have a tinge of red or purple that can intensify depending on the amount of sunlight the plant receives. These leaves are usually arranged in a whorled pattern around the stem, creating a dense and lush appearance. The stonecrop is particularly celebrated for its showy flower clusters. These star-shaped blossoms bloom in clusters at the tips of the stems, typically in shades of pink, red, or sometimes a pale, almost-white hue. The flowers are small but numerous, forming a tight, rounded cluster that can appear almost like a flower head from a distance. Beyond its blossoms and leaves, the stonecrop's stems contribute to its ornamental appeal. They can be an attractive contrast to the foliage, sometimes taking on a reddish tinge which complements the green of the leaves and the vibrant tones of the flowers. Overall, the stonecrop strikes a balance between its lush, succulent foliage and its eye-catching flower clusters, making it a favorite choice for rock gardens and border fronts where its details can be easily admired up close. Its overall form is one of contained exuberance, with the various elements of its structure coming together to create a plant that is both substantial and decorative.

Plant Info
Common Problems

About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Orpine, Livelong, Frog's-stomach, Harping Johnny, Life-everlasting, Live-forever, Midsummer-men, Orphan John, Witch's Moneybags

    • Common names

      Sedum telephium, Anacampseros telephium, Hylotelephium purpureum, Sedum fabaria, Sedum purpureum, Sedum telephium subsp. telephium, Sedum telephium subsp. maximum, Sedum telephium var. fabaria, Sedum telephium var. telephium.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Hylotelephium telephium, commonly known as orpine, is not generally considered toxic to humans. However, as with many plants, it may cause mild reactions in some people. If there is sensitivity, ingestion may lead to gastrointestinal discomfort, vomiting, or diarrhea. Although serious cases of poisoning are rare, it is advisable to avoid consuming any parts of the orpine plant.

    • To pets

      Hylotelephium telephium, known as orpine, is not known to be toxic to pets. It is not listed among the commonly toxic plants to pets such as dogs and cats. However, ingestion of non-food items can sometimes cause gastrointestinal upset in pets including vomiting and diarrhea. If your pet ingests a large amount of orpine and shows signs of distress, it is always recommended to consult with a veterinarian.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      1-2 feet (30-60 cm)

    • Spread

      1-2 feet (30-60 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Ornamental Appeal: The plant, commonly known as Stonecrop, has attractive foliage and blooms that add aesthetic value to gardens and landscapes.
    • Drought Tolerance: Stonecrop is highly tolerant of drought conditions, making it an excellent choice for xeriscaping and low-water-use gardens.
    • Easy Propagation: It can be easily propagated from stem or leaf cuttings, which helps in rapidly expanding garden areas or sharing with other gardeners.
    • Pest Resistance: Stonecrop is generally resistant to pests, reducing the need for chemical pesticides and promoting a more natural garden ecosystem.
    • Attracts Pollinators: The flowers of Stonecrop attract bees, butterflies, and other pollinators, supporting biodiversity and helping with the pollination of nearby plants.
    • Low Maintenance: This plant requires minimal care once established, making it suitable for gardeners of all skill levels.
    • Soil Erosion Control: The dense growth habit of Stonecrop helps to prevent soil erosion in areas where this might be a concern.
    • Seasonal Interest: With its changing leaf colors and blooming patterns, Stonecrop provides visual interest throughout different seasons.
    • Wildlife Habitat: It can serve as a habitat for various insects and small animals, contributing to a healthy garden ecosystem.
    • Culinary Use: Some parts of Stonecrop may be edible and used in certain culinary practices (note: always consult a reliable source before consuming any plant).

  • medicalMedical Properties

    • Anti-inflammatory: The plant has been traditionally used to reduce inflammation.
    • Antibacterial: Some components of Hylotelephium telephium are believed to have antibacterial properties.
    • Astringent: It may be used for its astringent properties to help in the healing of wounds and cuts.
    • Diuretic: There is historical use of the plant as a diuretic to help increase the passing of urine.
    • Hemostatic: It has been used to promote blood clotting and control bleeding.
    • Analgesic: The plant may have been used to relieve pain.
    Please note the information here is for reference only and not a substitute for professional medical advice.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Dye Production:

      The leaves of Sedum can be used to produce natural dyes for coloring fabrics or artworks, offering a range of earthy hues.
    • Plant Stabilization:

      Because of its hardy root system, Sedum can be used in areas prone to erosion to help stabilize the soil.
    • Garden Design Element:

      With its succulent leaves and striking flower clusters, Sedum is often used to add texture and interest to rock gardens and xeriscaping projects.
    • Living Roofs:

      Sedum is a popular choice for green roofing projects due to its low maintenance needs and drought resistance.
    • Mood Enhancer:

      Growing Sedum in personal spaces like home gardens can have a soothing effect, contributing to better mental well-being.
    • Ground Cover:

      Sedum species are often used as ground cover to suppress weeds and reduce garden maintenance.
    • Education:

      Sedum can be used in educational settings to teach children about plant growth, succulents, and the environment.
    • Artistic Inspiration:

      The form and structure of Sedum can inspire artists and designers, making it a subject for botanical illustrations and patterns.
    • Insect Habitat:

      Sedum flowers can attract and support a variety of insects, including bees and butterflies, enhancing local biodiversity.
    • Photography:

      With its aesthetic appeal, Sedum is a popular subject for photographers, especially when in bloom.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Stonecrop is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Stonecrop is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Resilience: Often known as Orpine, Hylotelephium telephium possesses succulent leaves, which allow it to retain water and thrive in dry conditions, symbolizing the ability to withstand and adapt to tough environments.
    • Endurance: Orpine has a robust nature that helps it endure through diverse climates and terrains, signifying the endurance to persist despite adversity.
    • Healing: Historically, Orpine was used for its medicinal properties, embodying healing and the restoration of health.
    • Timelessness: This plant can easily propagate from cuttings, symbolizing continuity and the enduring passage of legacy or tradition through time.

Every 2-3 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Spring-Early Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    The Autumn Joy Sedum (Hylotelephium telephium) prefers a moderate watering schedule, being careful not to overwater. It's a drought-tolerant plant once established, so you should allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings. During the growing season, you can water it about once a week, depending on weather conditions. Each watering should provide enough water to soak the soil to a depth of about 1 inch. For potted plants, ensure excess water can drain to avoid waterlogging, which might be equivalent to about 16-32 ounces depending on pot size and soil condition.

  • sunLight

    Autumn Joy Sedum thrives best in full sun conditions, where it can receive at least 6 hours of direct sunlight daily. It's ideal to position it in a spot where it's exposed to the morning sun and protected from the harsh afternoon sun in areas with very hot climates. Partial shade is tolerated but may result in a leggier plant with poorer flowering.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Autumn Joy Sedum can tolerate a wide range of temperatures but grows best in temperatures between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. It can survive minimum temperatures down to around 0 degrees Fahrenheit and maximum temperatures well into the 90s, making it a hardy choice for many gardens.

  • scissorsPruning

    Autumn Joy Sedum benefits from pruning to promote a more compact growth habit and enhance flowering. It's best to prune in the late winter or early spring before new growth begins. Remove any dead or damaged tissue, and you can cut back up to one-third of the plant to maintain shape. Pruning once a year is generally enough for healthy growth.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Autumn Joy Sedum (most common common name for Hylotelephium telephium) requires a well-draining soil mix with a pH range of 6.0 to 7.5. A good recipe would be to mix equal parts of potting soil, perlite, and coarse sand to ensure adequate drainage and aeration. Enriching the soil with a bit of compost can also provide necessary nutrients for optimal growth.

  • plantRepotting

    Autumn Joy Sedum should be repotted every 2-3 years to refresh the soil and accommodate root growth. It is best to repot in the spring, just before the active growing season begins. Ensure the new pot is only slightly larger than the previous one to avoid excess soil moisture which can lead to root rot.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Autumn Joy Sedum prefers low to moderate humidity levels and can tolerate dry air. It is a drought-tolerant plant, so it does not require high humidity to thrive. Consistency in the humidity level is beneficial but avoid overly humid environments which can promote fungal diseases.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place Autumn Joy Sedum in bright, indirect light indoors.

    • Outdoor

      Ensure full sun to part shade and well-draining soil for outdoor growth.

    • Hardiness zone

      3-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Hylotelephium telephium, commonly known as Stonecrop, begins its life cycle as a seed, which requires well-drained soil and sunlight to germinate. Once germinated, the seedling emerges and develops into a juvenile plant with fleshy, succulent leaves arranged in a rosette. As it matures, Stonecrop extends its stems and leaves, becoming a fully-grown plant capable of photosynthesis and nutrient absorption through its extensive root system. In late summer to fall, the plant produces clusters of star-shaped flowers, typically in shades of pink, red, or purple, which attract pollinators. Following pollination, these flowers develop into seed heads, distributing seeds for the next generation. Throughout the winter, Stonecrop may die back, especially in colder climates, but its root system survives, enabling it to regrow the following spring.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • Propogation: The most popular method of propagating Autumn Joy sedum, scientifically known as Hylotelephium telephium, is through stem cuttings. Stem cuttings are typically taken in the spring or early summer when the plant is actively growing. A healthy stem with several leaves should be cut using a clean, sharp tool. The cut should be made just below a leaf node, and the bottom leaves should be removed. The stem can then be dipped in rooting hormone to encourage root growth, though this step is optional. The cutting should be planted in a well-draining soil mix and watered lightly. In a few weeks, the cutting will develop roots and can be transplanted to its final location.