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Hylotelephium telephioides

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Plant types and subtypes: Perennials, Ground Covers

Light Requirements: sun, part-sun, part-shade

Water Use: low

Soil Moisture: dry, moist

Soil Description: average, poor, gravel/rock

Height: 6"-18"

Bloom Time: August, September

Bloom Color: white, pink

Leaf Color: blue-green, gray-green

Hardiness Zone: 6, 7

Additional Tags: attracts bees, attracts butterflies, clumping, drought tolerant, fall interest, ornamental foliage, rare, rock garden plant

Hylotelephium telephioides (Allegheny stonecrop)
  • Hylotelephium telephioides (Allegheny stonecrop)
  • Hylotelephium telephioides (Allegheny stonecrop)
  • Hylotelephium telephioides (Allegheny stonecrop)

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Hylotelephium telephioides

Also known as:

Allegheny stonecrop



Scientific Synonyms:

Sedum telephioides, Anacampseros telephioides


Hylotelephium telephioides (formerly classified as Sedum telephioides), is a stonecrop native to the Allegheny mountains. It is low growing, with flower heads rarely exceeding a height of 18" from the ground. The blue-green, paddle-like leaves are succulent, with smooth or sparsely serrated margins that develop a burgundy tinge in late summer. The stems will also develop pinkish hues that contrast nicely with the leaf color. It produces dense, pinkish flower heads that are similar to those of the popular exotic sedums commonly sold in the nursery trade.


Allegheny stonecrop is a tough little plant. In its native range, it is found growing in rocky outcrops, and in thin, poor soil. Heck, you could grow it in cracks in the sidewalk. It will thrive in full sun to partial shade, and the only soil requirement is that it be very well drained, and on the dry side. An excellent choice for rock gardens, or dry perennial borders. The blooming period is in late summer, from August through September. The dried flower heads will provide good visual interest until they get knocked off by heavy snow. Zones 6-7


Can be propagated from seed, but by far the easiest way is by cuttings. It is also called "live-forever" because any stem, leaf, or leaf fragment that is knocked off the plant will readily set root.

Additional Notes

Hylotelephium telephioides is the only stonecrop native to NY, where it is considered endangered. It should also be considered rare or threatened throughout its native range. A great late season source for nectar and pollen.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Endangered: NY
  • Rare: PA
  • Threatened: IA, KY


Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Rosidae
Order Rosales
Family Crassulaceae Stonecrop family
Genus Hylotelephium stonecrop
Species Hylotelephium telephioides Allegheny stonecrop