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Orpine: a nice plant

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Orpine: a nice plant

A popular flower in gardens is the ice plant "sedum spectabile"; it is not only popular with gardeners but with garden wildlife too. Some years ago we had eleven small tortoiseshell butterflies on our garden specimen all at the same time! I remember asking my wife (the gardener) "What is that plant?". She said told me it was an ice pant; I said "Yes, it is a nice plant but what is it called?" - boom, boom!

Anyway, back to the point. There is a native British species of 'ice plant' called orpine (Sedum telephium) which can be found occasionally in woodlands. It is the largest member of the stonecrop family and the only one found in woods. These are succulent plants with fleshy stems and leaves and are quite unmistakable. The flower heads are pink.

Orpine has a number of other colloquial names; livelong, frog's-stomach, harping Johnny, life-everlasting, live-forever, midsummer-men,Orphan John and witch's moneybags. How on earth it got those names one can only speculate as the reasons are not obvious to me!


 

 

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This nature note was written by ----> Peter Orchard
This nature nore was written ----> 2 years 2 weeks ago

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