Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Blue Boy') in the Sempervivum Database

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Data specific to Sempervivum (Edit)
Hybrid: Yes
Hybridizer: Kevin C Vaughn
Country of Origin: (US) United States
Year of registration: 1977
Other Details: Started producing chicks second week of April, PNW zone 8.
History of species or Cultivar: (S. 'Thayne' x S. ? )
Size: Other: Up to 3 1/2"
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: Watermarks
Winter Color
Other: Lavender-gray, mid-sized rosettes, turning rust color in Winter. Red stems on fresh rosettes
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: 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: Thayne x n/a

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By dave on October 4, 2014

Sempervivum and Sedum are the cornerstone genera of hardy succulents, so let's have a look at the most popular of these fun plants.

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Location: My garden - Arvada, Colorado zone 5Date: Oct 16, 2011Purchased from SMG in 2009
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Location: My Garden in Fort Worth, TXDate: 2017-05-25
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Location: Liberty, UtahDate: May 26, 2019
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Location: Beautiful Tennessee Date: May 29, 2014Color changing/growth
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Location: Canby, ORDate: 2016-09-01
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Location: Liberty, UtahDate: 2020-06-27
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Location: Grand Forks, B.C. Cdn. Zone 5A -- USDA zone 4aDate: Aug 2010Sempervivum 'Blue Boy'
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Location: Willamette Valley OregonDate: 2013-03-21
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Location: Germany, BavariaDate: 2009-06-08Photo courtesy of Beatrix Bodmeier, Bavaria/Germany
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Location: Germany, BavariaDate: 2012-08-29Photo courtesy of Beatrix Bodmeier, Bavaria/Germany
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Location: Beautiful Tennessee Date: 4-2014
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Location: Willamette Valley, Oregon Date: 2015-02-25
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Location: Liberty, UtahDate: 2020-05-06
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Location: my garden zone 7b NCDate: 2012-05-16
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Location: ,Front Royal,VaDate: 2013-05-07this is a clump i am going to let spread itself it was 1 hen w/ch
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Location: Washington 8bDate: 2017-04-01
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Location: Liberty, UtahDate: 2020-06-04
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Location: Liberty, UtahDate: 2020-06-25
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Comments:
Posted by valleylynn (Dallas, OR - Zone 8b) on Oct 2, 2011 5:07 PM

I love this medium sized sempervivum. As it goes through the year it changes from a blueish/grey to a reddish/grey. There is not a time of the year that I don't find it beautiful.

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