Data specific to Sempervivum (Edit)
Hybrid: Yes
Hybridizer: Sue Thomas
Country of Origin: (GB) Great Britian
Year of registration: 2002
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
Uses: Provides winter interest
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
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
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Monocarpic

Common names
  • Hen and Chicks
  • Houseleek
Also sold as:
  • Chick Charms® Grape Galaxy™

Photo Gallery
Location: Western Washington
Location: Oregon City, OR, zone 8
Date: 2022-04-15
Location: Western Washington
Date: 2019-06-26
Location: Vermont
Date: 2023-06-06
Location: Ontario, Canada
Date: 2021-05-13
Location: Pacific Northwest, zone 8
Date: 2019-08-27
Location: Western Washington
Date: 2020-06-08
Location: Oregon City, OR, zone 8
Date: 2022-06-06
Location: Germany, Bavaria
Date: 2013-07-23
Photo courtesy of Beatrix Bodmeier, Bavaria/Germany
Location: Oregon City, OR, zone 8
Date: 2021-06-19

Date: 2016-05-11

Date: 2016-05-11
Location: Haccombe/Devon (GB)
Date: 2007-08-11
Photo courtesy of Sue Thomas / Sunray Plants / Haccombe/Devon (GB
Location: Vermont
Date: 2022-06-23

Date: 2015-06-12

Date: 2015-11-01

Date: 2015-04-27
Location: Zone 5
Date: 2012-09-30

Photo Courtesy of Mountain Crest Gardens. Used with Permission.
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Location: Oregon City, OR, zone 8
Date: 2021-04-22

Photo Courtesy of Mountain Crest Gardens. Used with Permission.
  • Uploaded by Joy
Discussion Threads about this plant
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Sempervivum 'Blade of Steel' by valleylynn Sep 25, 2013 9:00 AM 3
Sempervivum 'Blade of Steel' by valleylynn Oct 3, 2013 6:55 AM 0

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