PlantsSempervivum→Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum calcareum)

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
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


Growing PainsGrowing Pains
By valleylynn on 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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Sempervivum Chat & photos 2018 by CDsSister Apr 10, 2019 5:14 PM 3,385
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Sempervivum of the Day: Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum calcareum 'Pink Pearl') by valleylynn Oct 30, 2017 12:50 PM 10
Succulent ID by C_Kige_2 May 13, 2017 10:07 AM 1
Anyone else growing these in the desert? by cahdg6891 Jun 19, 2017 9:59 PM 72
European sempervivum group buy. by valleylynn May 17, 2017 7:02 PM 246

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