|Hen and Chicks|
|Other Details:||Dedicated to Joseph Claudius Pittoni, the first plant collector|
|History of species or Cultivar:||Named by HW Schott, Nyman & Kotschy (1854)|
|Size:||Medium 2 1/2" to 4"
Loamy / Medium
Sandy / light
Other: The soil type will depend on what your weather conditions are like. Just make sure it drains well.
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.
Does not like wet feet
|Pests and Diseases:||Pest resistant
|Availability:||Easy to find
|Origin:||Austria / Styria in Kraubath (single locality and endangered by mining) on Serpentinfelsen|
|Sun Requirements:||Full Sun to Partial Shade
|Minimum cold hardiness:||Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Other: Pale greenish yellow
Late summer or early fall
Other: It may be several years before it blooms
|Uses:||Provides winter interest
|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
|Awards and Recognitions:||RHS AGM
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!
|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.
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