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Sedum villosum buds Sedum villosum flower

In high mountains such as Ben Lawers, this is a later flowering plant and we were too early in July to see any in flowers. Most were in this same stage with pink buds. It grows on the rocks near the Corrie and takes some finding as it at best only about 4 cm tall. It isn't very hairy in spite of its name - there are some not very obvious short glandular hairs but nothing like the obvious hairiness of say Saxifraga nivalis (Alpine Saxifrage) which grew nearby.

In northern England at much lower altitude Sedum villosum was again growing on bare rock although this time surrounded by shallow pools of water made by the constant rain of that day. This time it was not only in flower but most had finished with just a few like this one (RHS) showing flowers.

Sedum villosum is found in mid Scotland and northern England but is absent from Wales, most of lowland England, Ireland and the far north of Scotland.

Sedum villosum

Sedum villosum Hairy Stonecrop

Southerscales reserve, near Ingleton 15th July 2017

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Sedum villosum Hairy Stonecrop

LHS Ben Lawers Corrie 19th July 2016, RHS Southerscales reserve, near Ingleton 15th July 2017

Added on July 15th 2005, updated 3rd February 2012, updated 15th July 2017

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