Data specific to Sempervivum (Edit)
Hybrid: Yes
Hybridizer: Sandy MacPherson
Country of Origin: (US) United States
Year of registration: 1972
Other Details: An unusual mutation of Sempervivum x comollii (x albidum), it can produce normal offsets from the mutated rosette.
Awards: BR* = Bronze Rosette: 1978
Size: Small 1/2" to 2 1/2"
Medium 2 1/2" to 4"
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
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: Evergreen
Other: The leaf base is rotated forming tubes.
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Other: It may be several years before it blooms
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Provides winter interest
Suitable for miniature gardens
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
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

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

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  • Posted by valleylynn (Oregon City, OR - Zone 8b) on Sep 11, 2014 12:06 PM concerning plant:
    Oddity would make a great addition to a miniature garden, by using a single rosette as maybe a shrub? Let your imagination decide how you might use it in your miniature garden.
  • Posted by goldfinch4 (Ripon, Wisconsin) on Sep 2, 2015 4:56 AM concerning plant:
    I find 'Oddity' to be quite temperamental when planted in the ground in our zone 4 climate. It tends to rot in the spring from too much moisture when the snow melts. I built a bit of a mound for it this summer with lots of grit incorporated into the soil. We'll see if that helps.
  • Posted by valleylynn (Oregon City, OR - Zone 8b) on May 29, 2013 10:16 AM concerning plant:
    In the many years I've had Oddity, it has never bloomed. Many times it has produced normal looking, flat-leafed rosettes that seem to grow in a normal fashion for about a year. Then the leaves turn into the tube form of oddity.
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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Leaves by valleylynn Oct 28, 2011 10:07 PM 2
The reverted chick by tabby Oct 30, 2011 3:22 PM 1
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