This section is from the book "The Botanical Magazine; Or, Flower-Garden Displayed", by William Curtis. Also available from Amazon: The Botanical Magazine; or, Flower-Garden Displayed, Volume I.
Sedum Anacampseros. Evergreen Orpine.
Cal. 5-fidus. Cor. 5-petala. Squamae nectariferae 5, ad basin germinis. Caps. 5.
SEDUM Anacampseros foliis cuneiformibus basi attenuatis subsessilibus, caulibus decumbentibus, floribus corymbosis. Ait. Hort. Kew. p. 108.
SEDUM Anacampseros foliis cuneiformibus integerrimis caulibus decumbemtibus, floribus corymbosis. Linn. Syst. Vegetab. ed. Murr. p. 430.
TELEPHIUM repens folio deciduo. Bauh. Pin. 287.
TELEPHIUM tertium. Dodon. Pempt. p. 130.
Grows spontaneously out of the crevices of the rocks in the South of France; flowers in our gardens in July and August; is a very hardy perennial, and in sheltered situations retains its leaves all the year.
The singular manner in which the leaves are attached to the flowering stem, deserves to be noticed.
As many of the succulent plants are tender, and require a Green-house in the winter, cultivators of plants are apt indiscriminately to extend the same kind of care to the whole tribe, hence it is not uncommon to find this and many other similar hardy plants, nursed up in the Green-house or stove, when they would thrive much better on a wall or piece of rock-work, for the decoration of which this plant in particular is admirably adapted.
Like most of the Sedum tribe it may readily be propagated by cuttings, or parting its roots in autumn.
Dodonaeus' figure admirably represents its habit.
According to the Hort. Kew. it was cultivated in this country by Gerard, in 1596.