Autumn Stonecrop - Hylotelephium 'Herbstfreude'

    Description

    One of the taller stonecrops with succulent stems and leaves (which are mostly alternate). The flowers open pink and mature to a deeper red. Stamens 0 to 2 mm, much shorter than the suberect petals.

    Similar Species

    Several similar species, hybrids and varieties are commonly grown in gardens, and may persist as garden throw-outs.

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    Very short or no stamens; most leaves alternate, with narrowly cuneate base.

    Recording advice

    A specimen including leaves, flowers and whole stem is needed to verify 

    Habitat

    Usually found as an escape from cultivation, often close to habitation.

    When to see it

    Flowers August into November.

    Life History

    Perennial.

    UK Status

    True status of this plant in the wild in Britain is difficult to determine due to lack of records, but from the few records available it seems to be quite widely scattered across the country.

    VC55 Status

    Rare or under recorded in the wild in Leicestershire and Rutland. It was not recorded in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map