Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum calcareum) in the Sempervivum Database

Common names:
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Botanical names:
Sempervivum calcareum Accepted
Sempervivum californicum Synonym

Data specific to Sempervivum (Edit)
Other Details: Species from Southwestern Alps (France/Italy)
History of species or Cultivar: S. calcareum Jordan (Observ. Pl. Nouv. 7: 26, 1849)
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.
Water: Very low
Does not like wet feet
Uses: Accent
Pests and Diseases: Pest resistant

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 Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Other: It may be several years before it blooms
Suitable Locations: Alpine Gardening
Uses: Provides winter interest
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Propagation: Seeds: Provide light
Stratify seeds: Stratifing seeds may improve germination, but is not required
Suitable for wintersowing
Sow in situ
Will not come true from seed
Other info: Sempervivum cross polinate easily. But sowing seed can bring some interesting results.
Propagation: Other methods: Offsets
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Monocarpic


Growing PainsGrowing Pains
January 1, 2010

A plant clinic for Sempervivum, Jovibarba and J. heuffelii. This is a companion article for the Sempervivum and Jovibarba forum.

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Location: Arvada, Colorado zone 5Date: 2011-09-10Purchased from SMG in 2009
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Location: Seattle WA Date: 2012-11-28
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Location: Washington 8bDate: 2017-08-09
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Date: 2015-04-22
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Location: ,Front Royal,VaDate: 2012-05-26Bought this 1 last summer from local nursury
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Location: Stockton, CADate: 2014-09-26A grouping of pups
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Location: WashingtonDate: 2016-04-15
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