The Main Plant entry for Jovibarbas (Sempervivum heuffelii)

This database entry exists to show plant data and photos that apply generically to all Jovibarbas.

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Sempervivum globiferum subsp. glabrescens
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Sempervivum globiferum subsp. hirtum
Sempervivum globiferum var. hillebrandtii

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: Stratifing seeds may improve germination, but is not required
Suitable for wintersowing
Sow in situ
Will not come true from seed
Other info: Jovibarba 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


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Posted by banker07 (Germany) on Sep 6, 2013 3:30 PM

at my informations there are 5 species of Jovibarba:

old name - new name

Jovibarba heuffelii - Sempervivum heuffelii
Jovibarba sobolifera - Sempervivum globiferum ssp. globiferum
Jovibarba hirta - Sempervivum globiferum ssp. hirtum
Jovibarba allionii - Sempervivum globiferum ssp. allionii
Jovibarba arenaria - Sempervivum globiferum ssp. arenarium


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Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on May 20, 2013 8:09 PM

"Jovibarba ("beard of Jupiter") is a small genus of three species of succulent flowering plants in the family Crassulaceae, endemic to mountainous regions in the southeastern quadrant of Europe. The genus is sometimes classified as a subgenus of Sempervivum, to which it is closely related. Jovibarba have pale-greenish-yellow or yellow actinomorphic flowers with about six petals, while Sempervivum have generally pinkish flowers with around twice as many petals, which open more widely than jovibarba flowers. The common name hen and chicks is applied to some Jovibarba species (and also species in several other Crassulaceae genera).

Jovibarbas, like sempervivums, reproduce via offsets in addition to producing seeds via sexual reproduction. To propagate it must be split with a knife. Offsets survive the main rosette, which is monocarpic."

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