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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