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Data specific to Sempervivum (Edit)
Hybridizer: Unknown
Year of registration: 1929
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
Average
Does not like wet feet
Uses: Accent
Containers
Pests and Diseases: Pest resistant

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Dry
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
Fall
Other: It may be several years before it blooms
Uses: Provides winter interest
Groundcover
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Butterflies
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Drought tolerant
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
Pollinators: Various insects
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Monocarpic
Child plants: 3 child plants

Purchased from Mountain Crest Gardens

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Location: Tabby's GardenDate: 2012-04-13Purchased from Mountain Crest Gardens
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Comments:
Posted by MotherRaphaela (Holy Myrrhbearers Monastery NY: (Otego) - Zone 4b) on Sep 10, 2014 4:00 PM

Lynn & Co: I received the plant I photographed and uploaded today from Sequim Rare Plants, titled only Sempervivum 'Atroviolaceum.' Let me know if it's in the wrong category... Thanks! MR

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Posted by valleylynn (Oregon City, OR - Zone 8b) on Sep 15, 2014 2:50 PM

JungleShadows said:Lynn,

I know this was discussed several pages ago but I can tell you that 'Atroviolaceum' was NOT hybridized by Mina Colvin. This was one that was found way back in Correvon's or Sanford's collection. The Heimlich form was from Heimlich's Nursery in Woburn, MA, probably some time in the early 60's. Mina's first two introductions were 'Raspberry Ice' and 'Silver Thaw'.

It is unfortunate that there were so many things with the 'Atroviolaceum' tag. It would have been better to call the Heimlich plant just 'Heimlich'. The two look quite different.

All of these should be pure tectorums so the one with pubescence sounds like a hybrid with montanum, not a pure tectorum.

OK my two cents!

Kevin

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