Colin Mills, compiler of the Hortus Camdenensis, died in late November 2012 after a short illness. As he always considered the Hortus his legacy, it is his family's intention to keep the site running in perpetuity. It will not, however, be updated in the near future.

Sedum sieboldii Hort. ex G.Don

Fully hardy, spreading, deciduous, succulent perennial with whorls of 3 rounded, occasionally purple-tinted leaves, to 2cm long, sometimes toothed and red-margined, and cymes of star-shaped pink flowers, to 1.5cm across in summer.  To 10cm.  [RHSE, Hortus].  

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘A very interesting species of Stonecrop, and very unlike any one known to me, which appears to have been introduced by Messrs. Henderson, Pine-apple Place, from Japan, in 1838, into our gardens, under the name of Sedum Sieboldii, of Sweet; and such a name is in garden catalogues, but I have failed to find any character or description.  Its affinity is perhaps with Sedum ternatum of North America, and the habit is a good deal that of S. Anacampseros. […]The leaves are very beautiful, quite glaucous, with a deep tinge of purple-red, and so concave that they resemble the half of a bivalve shell.  It flowers readily in a cool greenhouse, and would probably bear the open air.’  [BM t.5358/1863]. 

History at Camden Park

The only reference is a handwritten entry in an 1850 catalogue held at the Mitchell Library, Sydney and inscribed on the front Wm. Macarthur, Dec. 23rd 1854.  [ML635.9m].  Certainly grown in the gardens at this time.


Published Feb 07, 2009 - 04:26 PM | Last updated Jul 16, 2010 - 04:40 PM

The image shows rounded, scalloped, fleshy leaves and terminal raceme of pink flowers.  Curtis's Botanical Magazine t.5358, 1863

Sedum sieboldii Hort. ex G.Don | BM t.5358/1863 | BHL

Family Crassulaceae
Region of origin


Common Name


Name in the Camden Park Record

Sedum Sieboldtii 

Confidence level high