Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum tectorum 'Grammens') in the Sempervivum Database

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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: Other: Up to 5"
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
Does not like wet feet
Uses: Accent
Pests and Diseases: Pest resistant
Availability: Easy to find
Toxicity: Low risk
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
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
Parentage: Atropurpureum x Atroviolaceum


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Location: Seattle WA Date: 2016-09-08
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Date: May 18, 2010
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Location: Washington 8bDate: 2019-05-06
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Location: my garden zone 7b NCDate: 2013-06-10
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Location: Willamette Valley OregonDate: 2013-06-23
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Location: Beautiful Tennessee Date: June 10. 2014new
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Location: Central Kansas (Zone 6b)Date: 2014-06-29Receives only morning sun
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Photo Courtesy of Mountain Crest Gardens. Used with Permission.
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Location: Willamette Valley, Oregon Date: 2015-09-04
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Location: Washington 8bDate: 2018-04-09
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Location: Willamette Valley, Oregon Date: 2015-07-23
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Location: My garden - Arvada, Colorado zone 5Date: Oct 16, 2011Purchased from Timberline Gardens in Arvada, Co.
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Posted by valleylynn (Dallas, OR - Zone 8b) on Mar 16, 2010 10:40 PM

Turns dark in Winter. May give five stars after seeing how it does in summer.

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Posted by sandnsea2 (Cape Cod, MA, USA - Zone 7a) on Jun 10, 2013 6:47 PM

Huge and very prolific. A star sempervivum for me.

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