Ajuntament de Barcelona

Hylotelephium telephium

Joan Brossa Garden

    Catalan name: 
    Spanish name: 
    Hierba callera
    English name: 
    Botanical synonyms: 
    Sedum telephium
    Species characteristics
    Southern and central Europe
    Mountain forests and shadowy areas

    Succulent perennial herb 30-60 m tall, with many round straight red stems, which are not ramified.

    The flat greenish blue leaves, more of 3 cm wide, are alternate and ovate elliptical with jagged margin. The top ones are rounded and sessile (without petiole), whereas the bottom ones, which are bigger (up to 5 cm long), are winged and have a short petiole.

    The hermaphrodite flowers have a corolla formed by petals up to 5 mm long, which are purple, occasionally with white or light pink shades. They appear into dense terminal corymbs (the flowers bloom on different stem's spots and rise up to a similar level).

    The perennial fleshy root forms small greyish turnip-shaped tubers.

    Flowering time: 
    Uses and properties: 

    Orpine is used for treatment of callus.

    History and curiosities: 

    The scientific name, Hylotelephium telephium, consists of the genus name Hylotelephium, created from the Greek elements ὑλο-, prefixed form of ὕλη, "wood, forest", and τηλεφιον, name of a succulent plant which has not been completely identified, and the term telephium, latinization from the Greek τηλεφιον.