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Hylotelephium spectabile (Iceplant)

Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Saxifragales
Family: Crassulaceae
Genus: Hylotelephium
Species: H. spectabile
Binomial name: Hylotelephium spectabile
Synonyms: Sedum spectabile, Sedum telephium var. kirinense
Common name: Showy Stonecrop, Ice Plant, Butterfly Stonecrop, Sedum Autumn Joy, Stonecrop 'Herbstfreude', Autumn Stonecrop, 

Hylotelephium spectabile is a drought tolerant, herbaceous perennial with light green, simple, oval, alternate, toothed leaves, up to 8 cm long and up to 5 cm wide, on erect, unbranched succulent stems, up to 50 cm tall.
It produces large, greenish pink, broccoli like buds in mid-summer, these gradually open into large terminal clusters of flowers in early autumn. The flowers are star-shaped, borne in flat cymes, 15 cm across.They change from a pale pink to a deep pink and the finally become a rusty red. 
Hylotelephium spectabile  is native to China and Korea.




The fleshy leaves.