Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum tectorum from Isella) in the Sempervivum Database

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Data specific to Sempervivum (Edit)
History of species or Cultivar: S. tectorum from Isella, introduced by JMZonneveld
Size: Large - 4" to 9"
Soil type: Dry
Loamy / Medium
Foliage: Winter Color
Other: Green with rosy dark tips, chartreus color in winter
Water: Very low
Does not like wet feet
Uses: Accent
Availability: Hard 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: Evergreen
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
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


Posted by valleylynn (Dallas, OR - Zone 8b) on Mar 13, 2010 10:10 PM

Long stolons and you can get up to 15 chicks per year. This variety is more tolerant of hot sun and drought than most of the succulents.
Has a more difficult time in my PNW wet weather though. For that reason I am giving it a 4. I do love this plant.

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