Showy Sedum
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Showy Sedum
ntroduced Herb Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: showy sedum, showy stonecrop, balloon plant, everlasting
Botanical name: Hylotelephium spectabile    Family: Crassulaceae (Sedum family)
Synonyms: Sedum spectabile, Sedum fabarium, Sedum pseudospectabile

Showy sedum is a clump forming herbaceous perennial up to 2 ft tall and just as wide. The fleshy, succulent leaves are bluish-green in color, egg shaped, toothed on the edges, about 3 ft long, and opposite or whorled on the stems. The pink-green stems are thick and succulent, held upright and unbranched. In summer, showy sedum blooms with star-shaped pink flowers about 1.3 cm across in dense flat-topped clusters (cymes) about 6 in in diameter, held on the stem tips above the leaves. The flowers give way to showy clusters of brownish-maroon seeds. Showy sedum dies to the ground in winter, then sprouts back from its tuberous roots in spring.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Nainital & Pelling, Sikkim.

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