A purple-flowered Eurasian plant of the stonecrop family, a naturalized weed of North America.
Sedum telephium, family Crassulaceae‘Other customs included decking the house (especially over the front door) with birch, fennel, St. John's wort, orpine, and white lilies.’
- ‘In England and Wales, St John's wort was suspended over doorways along with green birch, long fennel, orpine and white lilies, to guard against intruding malevolent entities.’
- ‘The Crassulaceae, or orpine family, is a family of dicotyledons.’
Middle English from Old French orpine, probably an alteration of orpiment, originally applied to a yellow-flowered sedum.