Juicy, edible leaves

Orpine © the City of Helsinki materialbank, Marianne Saviaho

The orpine (Sedum telephium), the largest naturally occurring plant of the Crassulaceae family found in Finland, grows on dry rocks. Due to its juicy tuberous roots, older generations used to call it the ‘rock potato’. The plant’s juicy leaves are also edible and make for an excellent salad ingredient.

Orpines are a very important food source for the larvae of an endangered and protected species of butterfly, the Apollo.