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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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09 June, 2015

Orpine: a nice plant | Nature Notes from Dorset

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.

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