Sempervivum, Chicks and Hens

Sempervivum Cobweb

Bloom time: June to August but primarily grow for their foliage.

Exposure: Full sun

Varieties available: Cobweb

                                 Gold Dust

                                 Giant Maroon Mountain

Growing information: 

Sempervivum, commonly known as hens and chicks, are a group of perennial succulents that belong to the Crassulaceae family. These plants are native to mountainous regions of Europe and North Africa, where they have adapted to thrive in harsh conditions.

One of the most intriguing features of Sempervivum is their rosette-like growth habit. The "hen" refers to the larger, central rosette, while the "chicks" are the smaller rosettes that grow around the mother plant. This growth pattern gives the plant its unique name.

Sempervivum hens and chicks come in a wide range of colors, including shades of green, red, purple, and even silver. Some varieties also display fascinating patterns and textures on their leaves, adding to their visual appeal.

These succulents are incredibly resilient and can withstand extreme temperatures, drought, and poor soil conditions. They are excellent choices for rock gardens, container gardens, or as ground cover in sunny areas and have zone 3 hardiness.

These plants thrive in full sun to partial shade. Provide them with at least six hours of direct sunlight each day for optimal growth.

Sempervivum prefers well-draining soil with a slightly acidic to neutral pH. Avoid overwatering, as excessive moisture can lead to root rot.  Allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings. Sempervivum is drought-tolerant and can survive long periods without water.

 

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