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Welcome to the world of Sempervivum (hen and chicks), Jovibarba (rollers), and Jovibarba heuffelii.

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Talking about Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum tectorum), cwhitt wrote:

I am fond of Sempervivum Tectorum because it has actually been in my family for 100 years! It was only here at that I found out it was a "Semp" - we always just called them Hens & Chicks. Until recently, I thought there was only one variety of Semps, but the Semp forum here is extremely active and I found there are many, many varieties of Semps. Some of them are mostly red, and some of them are rather fuzzy. I don't think all of those may be as hardy as this one though - this one is very hardy (at least a hundred years hardy!). I live in Ohio (zone 6) and my semps do very well here - both in summer and winter. Each 'hen" sends out smaller ones, called "chicks." They grow in a big mass and make a good ground cover for sunny areas. I also use them for erosion control and they are great for that. They are trouble free, require minimal water, and weeds or grass will not grow through them at all. When I transplant them to different areas, I just pull them up, lay them down where I want them, and sprinkle a little dirt over the root. They look great all lined up along a walkway and will keep soil from washing onto the sidewalk. On occasion, they will bloom - sending up a tall stalk with pink flowers on them. Blooming signals their death though, which is not usually a problem because they usually produce several chicks first. And if you are interested in crossing Semps to breed new varieties, you need them to bloom to do that. The Semp forum is great here, and can help you with that, or give you more information.

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Talking about Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum arachnoideum 'Cebenese'), valleylynn wrote:

This is a lovely arachnoideum type semp when grown well. Observing it over the years I find that it does not do well in full sun during our 2 to 3 months of drought season here in the Pacific Northwest. It tends to burn easily under full sun conditions. If given some protection during the hottest part of the day, say 1/2 day sun or filtered bright light, they will reward you with a lovely colony of web covered semps. Most of the webbing disappears during the wet winter and spring months, but returns with vigor once things warm up and dry out.

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Talking about Hen and chicks (Sempervivum 'Dragon's Eye'), valleylynn wrote:

Here is some history on the lovely sempervivum:
JungleShadows said: It's one that I gave the whole clump to Toby (Young's Garden Center). It's number was A2-7 and my notes say "bright red, with better red color than Killer". That's about right. It also seems to be one of the bigger ones from the self pollination, harking more back to Killer's pod parent in form and color.


youngsgarden said:"That's one of Kevin's (Vaughn's) cultivars. It was one from the first year that
he got back into hybridizing semps.
He was using Killer a lot then if I recall correctly.
Because there were so many good varieties in Kevin's first batch of seedlings,
that one was never officially named.
We kept the unnamed seedling because we liked it a lot and it increases well.
One of our children started calling it Dragon's Eye so
when we began selling it in 2016 we just put that name to it.
Hope that helps,
Toby Lander
Young's Garden"

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Talking about Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum marmoreum (tokajense)), valleylynn wrote:

This is a natural form of sempervivum marmoreum, not a tectorum:
Sempervivum schlehanii var. Tokajense Domokos in Magyar Kir. Kert. Tanintéz. Közlem. 2: 39. 1936.
From: Letz, D. R .: A new species of the Sempervivum marmoreum group
In Central Europe

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Talking about Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Waldaline'), stilldew wrote:

After having no offsets for a few years, Waldaline is making up for lost time.

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