Hylotelephium telephioides (Allegheny Stonecrop)

Hylotelephium telephioides (Allegheny Stonecrop)

Scientific Name

Hylotelephium telephioides (Michx.) H.Ohba

Common Names

Allegheny Stonecrop, American Live Forever, American Orpine, Live-forever, Live-forever Stonecrop, Wild Live Forever


Anacampseros telephioides, Sedum telephioides

Scientific Classification

Family: Crassulaceae
Subfamily: Sedoideae
Tribe: Sedeae
Subtribe: Sedinae
Genus: Hylotelephium


This species is native to the United States (from Georgia to Illinois and New York) and Canada (Ontario).


Hylotelephium telephioides, formerly known as Sedum telephioides, is a succulent with a short rootstock that produces a cluster of fleshy stems with green or yellow-green, often glaucous leaves. The stems grow up to 3.3 feet (1 m) tall. Leaves are alternate or opposite, elliptic with irregular teeth along the margins, up to 4 inches (10 cm) long, and up to 1.6 inches (4 cm) wide. Flowers are star-shaped, up to 0.6 inches (1.5 cm) across, and appear in dense clusters in fall. They have white or pink-tinged to pale pink petals with a greenish keel and purplish-red anthers.

This species is similar to Hylotelephium spectabile and Hylotelephium telephium, both distinguished by their significantly darker pink flowers.

The specific epithet "telephioides" means "resembling Telephium" and derives the genus name "Telephium" and the Latin suffix "oides," meaning "looks like or similar to."

How to Grow and Care for Hylotelephium telephioides

Light: This succulent prefers full sun. It tolerates light to partial shade in hot summer climates but will produce weak, floppy growth when grown in too much shade. Plant your H. telephioides in an area of your garden that gets 6 hours of sunlight a day.

Soil: H. telephioides does not need rich soil, but it does need excellent drainage. Choose a commercial potting mix for succulents or make one yourself.

Hardiness: This plant has a tolerance to heat and drought and is cold-hardy, making it a popular outdoor succulent. H. telephioides can withstand temperatures as low as -20 to 30 °F (-28.9 to -1.1 °C), USDA hardiness zones 5a to 9b.

Watering: The best way to water H. telephioides is to use the "soak and dry" method. Get the soil completely wet, and then wait until it is dry before watering again.

Fertilizing: Feed annually with a balanced fertilizer. Apply the fertilizer to the soil in spring as new growth appears, according to package directions.

Repotting: Plants in containers do require little more care than those in gardens. Repot your H. telephioides when it outgrows its current pot by moving it out to a larger pot to hold the plant better. Spring is the best time to repot this plant. Make sure the soil is dry before you begin the repotting process.

Propagation: This succulent can be grown from seeds, division, or stem cuttings. Sow seeds in spring. Dividing your H. telephioides is very easy and can be carried out at almost any time in the growing season, though it is probably best done in spring or early summer. Propagate by stem cuttings in summer.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Hylotelephium.

Toxicity of Hylotelephium telephioides

H. telephioides can be mildly toxic to humans and animals.


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Indiana Coefficient of Conservatism: C = 10


Hylotelephium telephium and related species have been considered in a number of different ways since first being described by Linnaeus in 1753, including as a section of Sedum by Gray in 1821, [1] or a subgenus. But these taxa are quite distinct from Sedum morphologically. [2]

Hylotelephium is one of a group of genera that form a separate lineage from Sedum, and is closely related to Orostachys, Meterostachys, and Sinocrassula. [3] [4]

The separation of the genus has not been universally adopted, for instance a Missouri Botanical Garden website states "Upright Sedums were at one point separated into the genus Hylotelephium, but are now generally included back in the genus Sedum." [5] One of Kew Garden's online databases also lists Hylotelephium as a synonym for Sedum. [6]

Hylotelephium means ‘woodland distant lover’. ‘Hylo’ is derived from Greek, meaning ‘forest’ or ‘woodland’. ‘Telephium’, also derived from Greek, means ‘distant-lover’ the plant was thought to be able to indicate when one's affections were returned. [8]

  1. ^Gray 1821.
  2. ^Ohba 1977.
  3. ^Mayuzumi & Ohba 2004.
  4. ^Fu et al 2004.
  5. ^MBG 2019.
  6. ^POWO 2019.
  7. ^TPL 2013.
  8. ^Gledhill 2006.
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  • Mayuzumi, Shinzo Ohba, Hideaki (2004). "The Phylogenetic Position of Eastern Asian Sedoideae (Crassulaceae) Inferred from Chloroplast and Nuclear DNA Sequences". Systematic Botany. 29 (3): 587–598. doi:10.1600/0363644041744329. ISSN0363-6445. JSTOR25063994. S2CID84319808. CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  • Ohba, Hideaki (March 1977). "The taxonomic status of Sedum telephium and its allied species (Crassulaceae)". The Botanical Magazine Tokyo. 90 (1): 41–56. doi:10.1007/BF02489468. S2CID22239507. CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
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  • TPL (2013). "The Plant List Version 1.1: Hylotelephium". Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and Missouri Botanical Garden . Retrieved 1 September 2019 . CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)

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Hylotelephium Species, Allegheny Stonecrop, Showy Stonecrop, Wild Live-Forever


Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs Water regularly do not overwater

Sun Exposure:


Foliage Color:




USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 °C (-20 °F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F)

Where to Grow:


Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Bloom Characteristics:

Bloom Size:

Bloom Time:

Other details:

Soil pH requirements:

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From seed direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed sow indoors before last frost

From seed direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

Allow seedheads to dry on plants remove and collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Gardeners' Notes:

On Apr 4, 2010, onnaday from Louisville, KY wrote:

My mother had many of these plants growing in our back yard in Kentucky when I was little. We called them "Live Forevers". And they did. They are very hardy, seem to thrive whether in sun or shade. It also spreads easily. The plant stays green throughout the growing season, from early spring to late fall. In August or September, a lavender flower appears on the bush. My family has taken starts from mother's original & planted them. I'm happy to finally know the proper name for the plant.

On Sep 22, 2008, dawnwarner from Montgomery, MN wrote:

They live in any soil condition (if any soil). It spreads easily - great rock or ground cover. Can grow in just mulch. If "leaves" or stem brake, gives off a white, milky and very sticky liquid - irritates my skin. Hard to kill, I use in my rock walls and any where I want weed control - they take over quicky. Long tail like shoots (maybe 12" each, in summer has yellow "flowers" that look like stone crop sedum's. I give them away freely :)

On May 30, 2008, Rowan_linnea from Isle, MN (Zone 3b) wrote:

This plant takes a LOT of abuse to kill it! I have it growing in a shady garden here in Minnesota, and it has spread to the surrounding woodland area. Invasive, I suppose, but I like it! I shall endeavor to keep it within a 50 foot radius, and dig clumps for anyone I can get to take it!

Sedum telephioides

A native version of the tall hybrid Sedums, this one has fleshy clumps of paddle-like leaves and pale pink flowers on heads that are smaller than the hybrids. Wonderful contrasted with bright, late perennials. Understated but lovely and nice to have a tall native Sedum in our palette. Pale pink flowers appear between August and October.

Sedums are fleshy-leaved, succulent perennials are not just for rock gardens. They are tough and vigorous but not invasive, and outlast most herbaceous plants each fall. Many provide winter interest. They are drought tolerant and have clustered, starry flowers that can be quite showy. Best in full sun.

Native to the United States.

Botanical Name Sedum telephioides Common Name Wild Live-forever Stonecrop Product ID --> Perennials --> Active --> Bloom Late Summer Color Pink Family Crassulaceae Height 8-16" Hardy to Zone 4 Orientation --> Light Sun/Part Shade Meadows --> Ruggeds --> Sold Out --> Spacing 12-18" Woodlanders -->

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