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Other Details: Dedicated to Joseph Claudius Pittoni, the first plant collector
History of species or Cultivar: Named by HW Schott, Nyman & Kotschy (1854)
Awards: AGM: 2008
Size: Medium 2 1/2" to 4"
Soil type: Dry
Well draining
Loamy / Medium
Sandy / light
Other: The soil type will depend on what your weather conditions are like. Just make sure it drains well.
Foliage: Fuzzy
Green: With tiny rust colored tips on each leaf. Year round.
Other: Rosettes, almost spherical, 1" to 2", forming dense cushions, leaves crowded, oblong-spatulate to lance-ovate, downy reddish greenish with dark brown lace.
Water: Very low
Does not like wet feet
Uses: Accent
Pests and Diseases: Pest resistant
Availability: Easy to find
Origin: Austria / Styria in Kraubath (single locality and endangered by mining) on Serpentinfelsen

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Leaves: Evergreen
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Green
Other: Pale greenish yellow
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Other: It may be several years before it blooms
Uses: Provides winter interest
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Propagation: Seeds: Provide light
Stratify seeds: Stratifying seeds may improve germination, but is not required
Suitable for wintersowing
Sow in situ
Will not come true from seed
Propagation: Other methods: Offsets
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Monocarpic
Awards and Recognitions: RHS AGM


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By Sharon on November 12, 2011

Let's take a trip this week to Oregon and visit the lovely gardens created by Lynn Smith and her husband, Cliff. It's always fun to step out of our own climate to see what grows well in another, and sometimes it's even more fun to see what our climates have in common. You are going to love what you see!

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Posted by valleylynn (Oregon City, OR - Zone 8b) on Oct 24, 2012 2:31 PM

A species sempervivum given the name of the person that first collected it, Joseph Claudius Pittoni.

A fuzzy teddy bear of a semp, it has such a lovely feel when you gently move your finger over the leaves.

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