TELEPHIUM ssp. RUPRECHTII  (Jalas) H.Ohba, 1977

Synonyms :

Sedum telephium ssp. ruprechtii  Jalas (1954) / Sedum maximum ssp. ruprechtii  (Jalas) Soó (1963) / Sedum ruprechtii  (Jalas) Omelczuk (1978) / Hylotelephium maximum ssp. ruprechtii  (Jalas) Dostál (1984) / Hylotelephium ruprechtii  (Jalas) Tzvelev (1993)

Sedum telephium var. petraeum  Ruprecht (1860)

Sedum polonicum  Blocki (1897) / Hylotelephium polonicum  (Blocki) Holub (1983)

Sedum telephium var. stepposum  Borissova (1939)

Sedum stepposum  Borissova (1970) / Hylotelephium stepposum  (Borissova) Tzvelev (1991)


Distribution : North-eastern Europe.



Differs from ssp. telephium :

Flowering stems decumbent or procumbent, 15 - 40 cm.

Leaves opposite, suborbicular, glaucous-pruinose, dentate or subentire, base cordate-amplexicaul.

FIowers whitish.



Ray Stephenson (Sedum, Cultivated Stonecrops, 1994, pp 275 - 276) :


Only available in recent years, Hylotelephium telephium ssp. ruprechtii is still a rare plant in cultivation and perhaps not yet available outside Europe. Rising, arching, then falling, stems, to about 30 cm (12 in) long, carry opposite-decussate, almost round leaves, which are lobed like the shape of a heart (cordate) and wrapped around the stem (amplexicaul) (Leaf shapes, fig. 1l). Glaucous blue-green leaves are tinged red on the margins, which range from almost entire to quite deeply toothed on the same plant.


Habitat : Northeast Europe is the home of this stonecrop - chiefly in the Russian common-wealth on riverbanks and in meadows.


Main points of distinction : Cordate, amplexicaul, suborbicular leaves are the best indicator though, as this plant is only available from specialized growers, it is likely to be correctly named. It is surprisingly similar vegetatively to Hylotelephium caucasicum, another Russian member of Hylotelephium that has more-cupped leaves (Leaf shapes, fig. 1a) and short, reflexed carpel beaks. Beaks of Hylotelephium telephium ssp. ruprechtii are long, straight, and hard. Perhaps it is only a matter of time before hybrids between this and promiscuous Hylotelephium telephium ssp. maximum confuse the situation. 2n = 48.


Variation : Plants in cultivation probably have been vegetatively propagated from the same group of herbs and therefore will be pretty constant. Upper, smaller leaves tend to be sharply serrated while lower leaves tend towards being entire. Translucent, vaguely carinate, creamy-white petals in full sun can show pink edging (color of the buds).


Horticulture : This is a pleasing subject for the front of a border or large rock garden. I expect it will become a plant for hanging baskets or urns, as the long, tumbling stems, carrying delightfully colored leaves, are most attractive.

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