PlantsSempervivum→Hen and Chick (Sempervivum 'Borscht')

Data specific to Sempervivum (Edit)
Hybrid: Yes
Hybridizer: Kevin C Vaughn
Country of Origin: (US) United States
Year of registration: 2013
Seed parent: S. 'Jungle Shadows'
Pollen parent: S. 'Killer'

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
Uses: Provides winter interest
Groundcover
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Butterflies
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
Parentage: Jungle Shadows x Killer
Child plants: one child plant

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Posted by valleylynn (Oregon City, OR - Zone 8b) on Nov 19, 2018 2:23 PM

MelissaHopper said:My Borscht semp is doing something different.

The biggest rosette, the one in the middle, has started to get ruffles on it's leaves. I have never seen this before.
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Bigtattoo said:Melissa, the 'Borscht' you sent me is showing some rippling as well. I wonder if this is a winter anomaly. Don't some semps develop warts in winter, then they disappear with new growth in the spring? Could this rippling be a similar effect? Kevin, Lynn, anybody??


JungleShadows said:The ripples are due to uneven growth. Groups of adjacent cells are growing faster than the surrounding cells so the cells from the rapidly growing areas bulge upward. The bumps are in the center of the leaf not the edges. These seem to be a proliferation of cells at these points in the leaf.

This line is full of watermarks and they are likewise due to differences in cell expansion and wax deposition.

It will be interesting to see if down the line I can make these features more or less constant.

Variety is the spice of life!

Kevin


Thank you for the explanation Kevin. Very interesting.

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