A rhizomatous perennial herb which grows on sea-cliffs and in mountains in rock crevices and on moist rock ledges. Very rarely, in W. Ireland, it occurs on coastal limestone pavement. In montane habitats it usually occupies sites which are at least slightly base-enriched. Although descending to sea level in N.W. Britain and Ireland, it is usually found above 300 m, reaching 1160 m on Ben Lawers (Mid Perth).
There has been little change in distribution of S. rosea since the 1962 Atlas. It was previously grown as a source of perfume extracted from the roots, and is occasionally recorded as a garden escape.
Circumpolar Arctic-montane element.
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
1986. Atlas of north European vascular plants north of the Tropic of Cancer. 3 vols.
Jalas & Suominen (1999)
1965. Vergleichende Chorologie der zentraleuropäischen Flora. Volume 1. 2 vols.
1975. 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. 74:335-348.
1975. The climatic control of the altitudinal distribution of Sedum rosea (L.) Scop. and S. telephium L. I. Field observations. New Phytologist. 74:323-334.