A perennial herb, found on wood-borders, hedge banks, roadsides, rocky banks and in limestone pavement, often in very small but very persistent colonies. It also occurs as an uncommon ancient woodland plant, but sometimes fails to flower in this habitat. 0-455 m (Falcon Clints, Co. Durham).
Although native in some habitats, many colonies have become naturalised near houses as this species is grown in gardens, and the native range is now hopelessly obscured by such escapes; all British records are mapped as if they are native.
Eurasian Temperate element; widely naturalised outside its native range.
PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish plants. (.zip 1455KB) This dataset was compiled and published in 2004, and last updated in November 2008. Download includes an Excel spreadsheet of the attributes, and a PDF explaining the background and nomenclature. Note that the PDF version is the booklet as published, whereas the Excel spreadsheet incorporates subsequent corrections. A hardcopy can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.
Atlas text references
Atlas of north European vascular plants north of the Tropic of Cancer. 3 vols,
, Königstein, (1986)
Jalas & Suominen (1999)
, London, (1996)
Vergleichende Chorologie der zentraleuropäischen Flora. Volume 1. 2 vols,
, Jena, (1965)
The climatic control of the altitudinal distribution of Sedum rosea (L.) Scop. and S. telephium L. II. The analysis of plant growth in controlled environments,
, New Phytologist, Volume 74, p.335-348, (1975)
The climatic control of the altitudinal distribution of Sedum rosea (L.) Scop. and S. telephium L. I. Field observations,
, New Phytologist, Volume 74, p.323-334, (1975)