Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum calcareum 'Tristesse') in the Sempervivum Database

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Data specific to Sempervivum (Edit)
Hybrid: Yes
Hybridizer: GUSTAAF VAN DER STEEN
Country of Origin: (BE) Belgium
Year of registration: 1984
Seed parent: S. calcareum
Pollen parent: n/a
Awards: AGM: 2008
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
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
Suitable Locations: Alpine Gardening
Uses: Provides winter interest
Groundcover
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Butterflies
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
Awards and Recognitions: RHS AGM

Image courtesy of Howard Wills / Fernwood Nursery

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Location: Fernwood Nursery, UKDate: 2004-08-27 Image courtesy of Howard Wills / Fernwood Nursery
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Date: 2015-09-16
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Location: Germany, BavariaDate: 2012-06-23Photo courtesy of Beatrix Bodmeier, Bavaria/Germany
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Location: Germany, Mecklenburg-VorpommernDate: 2008-07-12
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Location: Germany, BavariaDate: 2012-05-20Photo courtesy of Beatrix Bodmeier, Bavaria/Germany
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Location: Germany, BavariaDate: 2013-04-22Photo courtesy of Beatrix Bodmeier, Bavaria/Germany
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