Hen-and-Chickens (Sempervivum calcareum 'Limelight') in the Sempervivum Database

Common names:
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Also sold as:
calcareum 'Limelight'

Data specific to Sempervivum (Edit)
Other Details: SEMPERVIVUM CALCAREUM from Cse (FR), collected by Dr Ben Zonneveld from Cse, in the French Alps
History of species or Cultivar: named by MARY and PETER J. MITCHELL (UK), 1980
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
Source: Perennial Obsession

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
Propagation: Other methods: Offsets
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Monocarpic


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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Sempervivum and Jovibarba chat & photos 2016 by valleylynn Jan 1, 2017 4:14 PM 3,366
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Sempervivum and Jovibarba chat & photos 2015 by valleylynn Jan 2, 2016 2:57 PM 2,665
Fall colors beginning to happen already by gg5 Oct 28, 2014 4:08 PM 51
Sempervivum pictures 2014 by Chromaphyto Jul 12, 2015 3:01 PM 192
Sempervivum & Jovibarba chat & photos 2014 by springcolor Jan 2, 2015 2:46 PM 3,044
Yellow/Gold Jovis & Semps in Summer by sandnsea2 Sep 6, 2013 11:23 AM 42
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Protecting sempervivum from excess sun or rain. by valleylynn Jul 15, 2013 2:10 PM 64
Hanging sempervivum ball by Joannabanana Jan 7, 2019 8:44 AM 4,944
Person of my month!!! by jojoe May 15, 2013 11:03 PM 11
Cheap Succulent Planter Ideas by Jookieblue May 3, 2013 8:50 PM 310
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Sempervivum & Jovibarba chat & photos 2013 by PiaLouiseSourvi Jan 17, 2014 10:44 AM 3,933

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