Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Killer') in the Sempervivum Database

Common names:
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Also sold as:
Chick Charms® Cranberry Cocktail

Data specific to Sempervivum (Edit)
Hybrid: Yes
Hybridizer: Volkmar Schara
Country of Origin: (DE) Germany
Year of registration: 2004
Size: Medium 2 1/2" to 4"
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.
Foliage: Smooth
Watermarks: Summer
Water: Very low
Does not like wet feet
Uses: Accent
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: Unusual foliage color
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
Parentage: Ineke ( ll ) x NA
Child plants: 12 child plants


'Killer' was a featured
Plant of the Day for August 29, 2015.

Photo gallery:
Location: Willamette Valley, Oregon Date: 2015-07-22
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Date: 2015-06-04
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Location: Central IllinoisDate: 2018-8-2
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Location: Canby, ORDate: 2019-04-02
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Location: Willamette Valley OregonDate: 2014-10-04
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Date: 2015-07-01
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Location: WashingtonDate: 2016-01-24
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Date: 2016-05-11
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Location: Willamette Valley, Oregon Date: 2015-03-14
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Photo courtesy of Select Seeds
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Location: Willamette Valley, Oregon Date: 2015-03-02
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