Rock Pine
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Rock Pine
P Introduced Photo: Nidhan Singh
Common name: Rock Pine
Botanical name: Orostachys japonica    Family: Crassulaceae (Sedum family)
Synonyms: Sedum japonicola, Orostachys erubescens, Cotyledon japonica

Rock Pine is a fleshy perennial herb with dense rosettes that grow in clumps. It is called so because of its growing shape which resembles a pine cone, and its habit of growing on mountain rocks. The monocarpic rosettes are up to 2 cm in diameter in winter and up to 8 cm in diameter in summer. Leaves are grey-green to whitish-green, often reddish in winter, up to 8 cm long, and up to 1.5 cm wide. Flowers are small, white, and appear in late summer and fall from the center of the rosette, on up to 30 cm tall stems. Rock Pine is native to China, Japan, and Korea, cultivated as a garden plant elsewhere.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in cultivation in Panipat.

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