Fall Wildflowers of New England
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Live Forever
Sedum purpureum
F. Crassulaceae
Sedum purpureum
General Description:

Live forever is a robust and relatively small plant, approximating 20-45 cm. in height. This plant is appreciated for its fleshy, green, coarsely-toothed leaves and pithy stalks. Live forever flowers are purplish-pink in color and are organized in rounded clusters that are positioned atop the terminal shoot.

Flowers:

Live forever flowers are quite small, measuring 8 mm in width. The petals are a deep purplish-pink at the tapered, distal end and are light pink or white towards the center. The flowers are radially symmetrical and form a star-shaped bloom. The stamens are overly-pronounced and the sepals are short. Flowers are arranged in dense rounded clusters that grow out of the terminal shoot.

Fruit:

The fruit is relatively small withbrown seeds inside. This fruit grows out of the live forever flower and matures when the petals fall off and the fruit left on the stalk dries.

Leaves:

The leaves of the live forever can grow moderatley large, averaging approximately 2.5-6.5 cm in length, and are broadly long-to-ovate. They are coarsely-, regularly-toothed, smoothed skinned, and fleshy.

Habitat:

Live forever grows best in open woods and along roadsides. As evidenced by the common name, this wildflower is robust and can even thrive in disturbed areas.

Fun Facts:

Live forever is amazingly persistent and can regenerate from any fragment of its composition. This trait, along with its robust appearance, account for the meaning of its common name.

The leave of the live forever are so robust that they can be separated to make "ballon purses" (fun exercise for children).

Sedum purpureum Sedum purpureum
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