Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Bitter Chocolate') in the Sempervivum Database

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Data specific to Sempervivum (Edit)
Hybrid: Yes
Hybridizer: Sue Thomas
Country of Origin: (GB) Great Britian
Year of registration: 2004
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

Photo courtesy of Sue Thomas / Sunray Plants / Haccombe/Devon (GB

'Bitter Chocolate' was a featured
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Location: Haccombe/Devon (GB)Date: 2008-06-02Photo courtesy of Sue Thomas / Sunray Plants / Haccombe/Devon (GB
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Location: WashingtonDate: 2016-07-24
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Location: Germany, BavariaDate: 2013-07-12Photo courtesy of Beatrix Bodmeier, Bavaria/Germany
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Date: 2015-09-22
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Date: 2016-05-11
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Location: WashingtonDate: 2016-09-05
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Location: Washington 8bDate: 2017-05-13
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Location: Washington 8bDate: 2017-06-28
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Location: Washington 8bDate: 2017-09-12
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Location: Massachusetts gardenDate: September 02, 2018A semp that shows late season intense coloring
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Date: 2015-04-14
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Date: 2015-06-25
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Location: Massachusetts gardenDate: September 02, 2018A semp that shows late season intense coloring
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Location: Germany, BavariaDate: 2013-06-07Photo courtesy of Beatrix Bodmeier, Bavaria/Germany
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Date: 2015-05-21
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Location: WashingtonDate: 2016-05-28
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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Sempervivum 'Bitter Chocolate' by valleylynn Sep 24, 2013 11:41 AM 4
Sempervivum 'Bitter Chocolate' by valleylynn Oct 2, 2013 5:18 PM 2
Beautiful by MotherRaphaela Sep 19, 2014 9:28 AM 1
September Semp Color by AntMan01 Sep 21, 2018 2:31 PM 64
Harvesting chicks, how early is too early? by AntMan01 Aug 25, 2018 11:39 AM 142
Sempervivum Chat & photos 2018 by CDsSister Oct 12, 2018 3:00 PM 3,008
Kevin Vaughn Hybridizing Clinic April 27-29, 2018 by valleylynn Aug 24, 2018 11:59 AM 716
Sempervivum and Jovibarba chat & photos 2017 by valleylynn Jan 2, 2018 7:45 PM 3,238

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