Sempervivum and Jovibarba forum: Sempervivum 'Lowe's 60'

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valleylynn
Nov 24, 2014 9:20 PM CST

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I can not find where we did a discussion on S. 'Lowe's 60', so we will give it it's own thread for discussion.

@JungleShadows, Kevin gave me the description from Helen Payne's 1969 catalog. What is being sold all across the U.S. is not the correct plant, not even close.

I will be removing the photos from the database and put the description in the entry for 'Lowe's 60'.
Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Lowes 60')

Kevin, this is what I posted in the comments section of the database entry. Let me know if it looks correct, or if changes need to be made.

JungleShadows said: Helen Payne lists a "Lowe's 60"/"Lown's 60" in her 1969 catalog but not afterwards.
"Beautiful medium-sized rosette, softly furred edges and tips".
It was not listed in subsequent lists and that may be because Bill had decided it was the same as 'Alpha'. Many of the plants that Helen received from Sandy MacPherson were actually seedlings of the variety and what Helen was selling was not Lown's 60/Lowe's 60. Maybe this should be annotated in the data base that "The original 'Lown's 60' was very similar if not identical to 'Alpha' and what is distributed as this cultivar now is likely a seedling of this plant."

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