Rhodiola pachyclados

Crassulaceae

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Sedem dasyphyllum var. mesatlanticum
 

Habitat: full sun

Flowering: summer

Height: 5 cm

Width: 25 cm

Soil: moderately fertile, well drained

These have thick stems, branching each year, eventually giving an unusual structure, clothed with many fleshy leaves. The tips of the new stems are crowded with small, long-lasting flowers, yellow, orange or red, the colour remaining until the autumn. They have proved to be perfectly hardy for many years in our garden in Scotland.

Rhodiola pachyclados forms dense hummocks of really neat rosettes, each with many small, blue-grey. It has starry white flowers with yellow anthers, but it is the foliage that is the main attraction.
SDP-1
1 litre pot £5.00

Rhodiola - some other suggestions
invisible.gif Rhodiola CC15 is one of Chris Chadwell's collections from his last expedition to Nepal, and was not even identified certainly as a Rhodiola. There is now no doubt that what it what it is. It has produced slender, branched stems lined with small, pointed leaves, and is likely to be an attractive and unusual plant for the rock garden.
rhodiola_rosea.jpg Rhodiola rosea comes from quite high in the European mountains, although the same species grows on cliffs by the sea in Britain. It makes long-lived, drought-resistant clumps of stems, lined with grey-green, fleshy leaves, terminating in flat-topped clusters of yellow flowers.
rhodiola_yunnanensis3.jpg Rhodiola SDR5015 comes from limestone screes and mountain slopes at 4400 m, in an area where the summer rainfall it not very substantial. Its flower colour is not yet known.
invisible.gif Rhodiola semenovii is an interesting and unusual succulent from central Asia, which makes a clump of almost parallel, upright stems, lined with deep green, linear leaves, and with the top part making a cylinder packed with lots of small flowers, each one a narrow red/pink tube. The plants keeps its structural interest even after flowering, as the seeding stem remains intact through to autumn.