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

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Data specific to Sempervivum (Edit)
Hybrid: Yes
Hybridizer: Kevin C Vaughn
Country of Origin: (US) United States
Year of registration: 1975
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
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: Evergreen
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

Photo taken at Kevin Vaughn's garden

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Posted by valleylynn (Dallas, OR - Zone 8b) on Jun 24, 2012 9:55 PM

JungleShadows said:Lynn,
'Weirdo' can look much weirder than that. Even though the rosettes appear to have a center they actually don't and they can divide like a semp or split the crown like heufellii , sometimes on the same plant. It can also have tubular leaves like 'Grigg's Surprise' or 'Oddity'. It is more unusual than beautiful. These types tend to be lethal and the only two that survived for me were 'Weirdo' and a sister seedling that was identical other than size. Helen thought the bigger one would sell better because it was easier to see the weird behavior. I think she was right. It is one semp you can grow in a pot in the house. It turns more greenish but it performs even more bizarre behavior! One pot grew these odd stolons that grew straight up out of the center of the rosette. I have never seen it bloom but I have been told it has a strange bloom as well, almost like a fasciated plant.

'weirdo' was named for a guy in my school that was nicknamed Weirdo but actually he wasn't too weird!


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Posted by valleylynn (Dallas, OR - Zone 8b) on Apr 10, 2018 2:35 PM

A quote from Kevin Vaughn:

JungleShadows said:Weirdo isn't quilled but it is ODD. Splits and produces rosettes at strange places and never has a proper center. Very unkempt!


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