Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum calcareum 'Pink Pearl') in the Sempervivum Database

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Data specific to Sempervivum (Edit)
Hybridizer: Named by Zonneveld
Country of Origin: (NL) The Netherlands
Year of registration: 1981 Registration or Introduction
Other Details: species
History of species or Cultivar: Erwin Geiger Description: A jewel of the French Alps, which was collected by Ben Zonneveld and named. This clone is one of the most beautiful forms of S. calcareum; very vigorous in the spring and fall by the pink coloration.
Size: Large - 4" to 9"
Other: 5.5 inches in diameter
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
Winter Color
Other: Green, red-tipped leaves take on a pinkish coloring.
Water: Very low
Does not like wet feet
Uses: Accent
Pests and Diseases: Pest resistant
Availability: Easy to find

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: Xeriscapic
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
Needs specific temperature
Suitable for wintersowing
Sow in situ
Will not come true from seed
Other info: Sempervivum cross polinate easily. But sowing seed can bring some interesting results.
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Monocarpic


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January 1, 2010

A plant clinic for Sempervivum, Jovibarba and J. heuffelii. This is a companion article for the Sempervivum and Jovibarba forum.

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'Pink Pearl' was a featured
Plant of the Day for October 29, 2017.

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Location: My garden - Arvada, Colorado zone 5Date: 2011-10-16
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Location: My garden - Arvada, Colorado zone 5Date: july 22, 2010Purchased from Harlequin's Garden in 2010
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Location: my garden zone 7b NCDate: 2013-05-30
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Location: Willamette Valley, Oregon Date: 2015-03-14
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Location: WashingtonDate: 2016-05-26
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Location: Washington 8bDate: 2017-04-01
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Location: OklahomaDate: 2017-04-13
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Location: My garden - Arvada, CO zone 5Date: May 3, 2010Purchased from Harlequin's Garden, Boulder, Colorado
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Location: Tabby's GardenDate: 2012-04-11
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Posted by valleylynn (Dallas, OR - Zone 8b) on Mar 2, 2010 1:29 AM

Good production of chicks and hardy through all seasons here in PNW if given fast-draining soil to grow in. Very attractive eye-catching plant in containers or beds.

My photos showing the lovely deep blue/green coloration are of a plant growing in the shade, except for the last part of the day, when it received sunshine.

The pale green color is in full sun.

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Posted by goldfinch4 (Ripon, Wisconsin) on Jul 16, 2011 7:12 AM

'Pink Pearl' does not do well with lots of moisture in the spring (in my zone 4 garden).

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Posted by sandnsea2 (Cape Cod, MA, USA - Zone 7a) on Jun 27, 2012 1:32 PM

One of my favorite Sempervivum. Striking plant during all seasons. Easy to grow here

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