Rhodiola integrifolia ssp atropurpurea
Rhodiola integrifolia ssp atropurpurea belongs to the family of the Crassulaceae. It is native to North America where it occurs up to 4000 m above sea level. It is also known as roseroot.
R. atropurpurea is a perennial plant that can reach a height of 5 to 30 cm. The leaves alternate. They are oblong oval or just oval. The leaves show succulence, they can be eaten and are very rich in vitamin A and C. The succulent leaves of the plant can store water so that the plant can survive very dry periods.
The flowers are brightly red. This is the reason that the plant has the name atropurpurea. The single flowers are star- shaped and occur in umbels of several flowers. The fruit is a follicle.
R. atropurpurea can be planted in a rockery and can stand moist soils.
Seeds need a stratification and should only be sown on the surface of the soil, not covered.
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