Data specific to Sempervivum (Edit)
Hybrid: Yes
Hybridizer: Gustaaf van der Steen
Country of Origin: (BE) Belgium
Year of registration: 1979
History of species or Cultivar: (S. TECTORUM 'Atropurpureum' x S. TECTORUM 'Atroviolaceum')
Size: Large - 4" to 9"
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: Winter Color
Other: Lovely deep lilac shade with deep purple tips
Water: Very low
Average
Does not like wet feet
Uses: Accent
Containers
Pests and Diseases: Pest resistant
Availability: Easy to find
Toxicity: Low risk
None
Possible skin irritant to some people

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
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
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: Atropurpureum x Atroviolaceum

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Common names
  • Hen and Chicks
  • Houseleek
  • Live-Forever

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Location: South Jordan, Utah, United States
Date: 2019-04-17
Location: Seattle WA 
Date: 2016-09-08
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Location: St. Helens, Oregon
Date: 2020-05-23
Location: a
Date: 2018-03-09
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Location: St. Helens, Oregon
Date: 2018-07-04
July 2018
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Location: South Jordan, Utah, United States
Date: 2019-09-20

Date: May 18, 2010
Location: Washington 8b
Date: 2019-05-06

Date: 2022-03-20
Location: St. Helens, Oregon
Date: 2019-04-18
Location: Zone 6 - New Jersey, USA
Date: 2024-04-08
Location: Pacific Northwest zone 8
Date: Apr 20, 2011
Location: Western Washington
Date: 2015-07-07
Location: Fairfax, VA
Location: Beautiful Tennessee 
Date: June 10. 2014
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Location: South Jordan, Utah, United States
Date: 2019-08-08
Location: South Jordan, Utah, United States
Date: 2018-09-06
Location: Pacific Northwest zone 8
Date: Jun 29, 2011
Location: My garden, zone 4 Wisconsin
Date: 2012-9-16
zone 4 Wisconsin

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Location: Pacific Northwest zone 8
Date: Jul 4, 2010
Location: Pacific Northwest zone 8
Date: Sep 5, 2010

Date: 2021-09-17
Location: Pacific Northwest, zone 8
Date: 2018-03-11
Location: Central Kansas (Zone 6b)
Date: 2014-06-29
Receives only morning sun
Location: Willamette Valley Oregon
Date: 2013-06-23
Location: South Jordan, Utah, United States
Date: 2020-04-11
It just keeps getting weirder.
Location: Fairfax, Virginia (Outdoors)
Date: Spring (March 2021)
Turning red
Location: Fairfax, Virginia (Outdoors)
Location: Pacific Northwest zone 8
Date: Oct 2, 2011
Location: Pacific Northwest zone 8
Date: May 12, 2010
Location: Pacific Northwest zone 8
Date: Nov 13, 2010
Went through a long drought.
Location: Pacific Northwest zone 8
Date: Mar 30, 2011
Location: Willamette Valley, Oregon 
Date: 2015-07-23
Location: Willamette Valley, Oregon 
Date: 2015-09-04
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Location: Pacific Northwest, zone 8
Date: 2017-04-03
Location: Fairfax, Virginia (Outdoors)
Location: Fairfax, Virginia (Outdoors)
Date: Spring (March 2021)

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  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: Fairfax, Virginia (Outdoors)
Location: Pacific Northwest, zone 8
Date: Mar 26, 2012
Location: Pacific Northwest, zone 8
Date: Mar 26, 2012
Location: Washington 8b
Date: 2018-04-09
Location: Pacific Northwest, zone 8
Date: May 21, 2012
Location: my garden zone 7b NC
Date: 2013-06-10
Location: Botanical Garden Meise (Belgium)
Date: 2017-08-09
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Location: Pacific Northwest zone 8
Date: Sep 2, 2011
Location: Pacific Northwest zone 8
Date: Dec 31, 2010

Photo Courtesy of Mountain Crest Gardens. Used with permission.
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Location: Fairfax, Virginia (Outdoors)
Location: St. Helens, Oregon
Date: 2019-04-18
Location: my garden zone 7b NC
Date: 2012-06-14
Location: My garden - Arvada, Colorado zone 5
Date: Oct 16, 2011
Purchased from Timberline Gardens in Arvada, Co.
Location: Fairfax, Virginia (Outdoors)

Date: 2018-06-26
Location: Fairfax, Virginia (Outdoors)
Location: Doddridge Co. WV Zone 6a
Date: 6/17
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Comments:
  • Posted by sandnsea2 (Cape Cod, MA, USA - Zone 7a) on Jun 10, 2013 6:47 PM concerning plant:
    Huge and very prolific. A star sempervivum for me.
  • Posted by valleylynn (Oregon City, OR - Zone 8b) on Mar 16, 2010 10:40 PM concerning plant:
    Turns dark in Winter. May give five stars after seeing how it does in summer.
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