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common name for members of the Crassulaceae (also called orpine, or hen-and-chickens, family), a family of succulent, fleshy herbs and shrubs mostly inhabiting arid regions in many parts of the world. Among the larger genera are the S African genus Crassula and the genus Sedum with many species native to the United States, most abundantly in the West and Southwest. Members of this family are popular garden, rock-garden, and cemetery plants, e.g., frogplant, live-forever, garden orpine, houseleek, hen-and-chickens, and gold moss. These common names are not consistent: in usage the same name is often applied to different species, and different names to a single botanical species. The family is classified in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
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, class Magnoliopsida, order Rosales.
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Carpeting stonecrops, such as Sedum "Ruby Glow" and "Vera Jameson", provide colour to the gravel garden in the form of purple-tinged succulent leaves and crimson flowerheads from midsummer to autumn.
Expert tip Make sure that your building can take the weight and use drought-busting plants like sedums or stonecrops, which thrive in shallow soil.
Courtyards and even balconies can be made hospitable for wildlife with flowering wall shrubs and climbers, containers of nasturtiums, stonecrops and flowering herbs, and bird boxes.
Sedums, or stonecrops if you wish, originate from across the Northern Hemisphere, with one or two coming from parts of South America.
YOU can create a desert scene with echiverias, stonecrops and moneytrees.
There are hundreds of kinds of sedums or stonecrops, from tender house-plants to tough border types, with fleshy-leaves and generally colourful flowers - and Northumberland is the best place to see them, as my footnote explains.
Several stonecrops (sedums) and houseleeks (sempervivums), generally with their rosettes of plump, pointed leaves are suitably small and spreading.
Stonecrops of sedums are also suitable and as saxifraga, which have bright yellow or white flowers.