Syn.: Sedum roseum (L.) Scop., Sedum rhodiola DC.
Family: Crassulaceae J. St.-Hil.
Rhodiola rosea
Distribution: Arctic and subarctic regions of the Northern Hemisphere, Northern Europe, Asia (Russia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, China, Japan, Korea), Northern America, and mountains of Southern and Central Europe – Pyrenees, Alps, Carpathian.
Ecology: It grows on rocks and screes, grassy, or rocky slopes, from mountains to subalpine zone. It blooms from April to August.
Rhodiola rosea
Description: A perennial herb with a robust roots and erect stems, 10–35 cm high. The leaves are oblong, elliptic-oblanceolate, or obovate, entire. Inflorescences are corymbiform or capitate, the flowers unisexual.
Threat and Protection: Rose-root is an endangered and strictly protected plant in Czechia and Ukraine.
Usage: It is often grown in rock gardens. The roots are used medicinally.
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These images were taken in Slovakia, Malá Fatra (by Ladislav Hoskovec, June 14, 2004) and in Austria, Grossarl (by Alena Vydrová, June 15, 2007).