One of the more unlikely alpine plants is the stonecrop, a member of the sedum family that includes many commonly cultivated garden plants. Stonecrop thrives in rocky areas above timberline, where it is well suited to survive the dry late summer and fall with water stored in its succulent leaves. In this photo, the familiar yellow flowers have given way to brown autumn seed pods.

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