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Anacampseros triphylla Haw. Syn. Pl. Succ. 111. 1812. Sedum triphyllum S. F. Gray, Nat. Arr. Brit. Pl. 2: 510. 1821. Sedum Fabaria Koch, Syn. Pl. Germ. 258. 1837. S. purpureum Link, Enum. Hort. Berol. 1: 437. 1821.
Perennial, stems erect, stout, simple, tufted, glabrous and slightly glaucous, 1°-1 1/2° high. Leaves alternate, ovate, broadly oval or obovate, obtuse, 1'-2' long, coarsely dentate, the upper sessile and rounded at the base, the lower larger, narrowed at the base or sometimes petioled; cyme dense, regular, compound, 2'-3' broad; flowers perfect, 2 1/2"-4" broad, 5-parted; petals purple, twice as long as the ovate acute sepals; stamens 10; follicles about 2" long, tipped with a short style.
In fields and along roadsides, Quebec to Ontario, south to Maryland and Michigan. Naturalized from Europe and native of western Asia. Blooms sparingly, but spreads freely by its joints. Garden-orpine. Evergreen. Everlasting. Bog-leaves. Life-of-man. Frog's-mouth or -bladder. Leeks. Frog-plant. Witches'-money-bags. Live-long. Aaron's rod. Midsummer-men. Illustrated in our first edition as S. Telephium L. June-Sept.
Sedium telephioides Michx. Fl. Bor. Am. 1: 277. 1803.
Similar to the preceding species, but more slender, seldom over 10' high, very glaucous and purplish throughout. Leaves oval or obovate, obtuse, coarsely dentate or entire, 1'-2' long, all narrowed at the base and petioled or the uppermost sessile; cyme dense, regular, 2'-4' broad; flowers perfect, 3-4" broad, 5-parted; petals pale pink, much longer than the lanceolate sepals; follicles about 2" long, tipped with a slender style.
On dry rocks, southern Pennsylvania and Maryland to western New York and southern Indiana, south to North Carolina and Georgia. Reported from farther north. Ascends to 4200 ft. in North Carolina. Sweet-heart. Aug.-Sept.
Sedum Siebóldi Sweet, an Asiatic species commonly cultivated, is occasionally found as an escape; its leaves are nearly orbicular and mostly whorled in 3's.
Sedum acre L. Sp. Pl. 432. 1753.
Perennial, densely tufted, spreading and matted, glabrous; sterile branches prostrate, the flowering ones erect or ascending, 1'-3' high. Leaves sessile, alternate, ovate, very thick, densely imbricated, light yellowish green, entire, about 1 1/2" long, those of the sterile branches usually arranged in 6 rows; cyme 2-3-forked, its branches 1/2'-1' long; flowers sessile, about 4" broad; petals bright yellow, linear-lanceolate, acute, 3 or 4 times as long as the ovate sepals; central flower of the cyme commonly 5-parted, the others usually 4-parted; follicles spreading, 1 /12"-2" long, tipped with a slender style.
On rocks and along roadsides, escaped from cultivation, Nova Scotia to Ontario, southern New York and Virginia. Adventive from Europe. Native also in northern Asia. Also called bird's-bread. Creeping Jack or Charlie. Pricket. Golden-moss. Little houseleek. Gold-chain. Wall-moss. Tangle-tail. Rock-plant. Pepper-crop. Mountain-moss. Ginger. Poor-man's pepper. Prick-madam. Treasure-of-love. Love-entangled. June-Aug.