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Care of the plant Hylotelephium maximum or Grand Stonecrop.

Care of the plant Hylotelephium maximum or Grand Stonecrop

The genus Hylotelephium, family Crassulaceae, comprises 33 species of succulent plants native to North America, Asia, and Europe. Some species are: Hylotelephium maximum, Hylotelephium telephium, Hylotelephium erythrostictum, Hylotelephium telephioides.

Common names: Grand Stonecrop, Orpine, Livelong, Frog's-stomach, Harping Johnny, Life-everlasting, Live-forever, Midsummer-men, Orphan John, Witch's moneybags. Scientific synonyms: Sedum telephium. This species is native to Eurasia.

They are perennial succulent plants with reddish stems that reach 50 cm in height. The fleshy alternate leaves are bluish-green in color and have serrated margins. The inflorescences have numerous tiny white or pink flowers. They bloom in summer.

They are used in rockeries, on slopes, in succulent gardens and in pots for terraces and balconies.

Hylotelephium maximum needs full sun or semi-shade exposure. They resist the cold up to 5 ºC.

They can grow in any soil that has good drainage (preferably light and sandy). Transplant in spring if necessary.

Water regularly with a small amount of water, waiting for the substrate to be completely dry. They are drought resistant plants.

Fertilize with compost in the fall.

They are plants resistant to pests and diseases but do not resist excess humidity.

They propagate from seeds sown in winter, by division or by stem or leaf cuttings.

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Hylotelephium maximum
Hylotelephium maximum
Hylotelephium maximum
Hylotelephium maximum
Hylotelephium maximum
 

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