Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Red Lion') in the Sempervivum Database

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Data specific to Sempervivum (Edit)
Hybrid: Yes
Hybridizer: Andre Smits
Country of Origin: (BE) Belgium
Year of registration: 1994
Size: Small 1/2" to 2 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: Red: Bright red rosettes with silver cilia lining the leaf edges.
Green: Mostly green with red mottling in the fall.
Water: Very low
Does not like wet feet
Uses: Accent
Pests and Diseases: Pest resistant
Number of chicks: Good offset production
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
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
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
Child plants: one child plant

4/12/2011 PNW, zone 8 new

Make a Chiki Torch (aka Chicks-on-a-Stick)Make a Chiki Torch (aka Chicks-on-a-Stick)
By clintbrown on September 3, 2013

You can use a cheap plastic funnel and a plastic tomato stake to make a space-saving piece of garden art that also functions as a different type of vertical garden.

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Posted by valleylynn (Dallas, OR - Zone 8b) on Oct 2, 2011 4:57 PM

Red Lion has proven to be a show stopper though out the year. All of its color changes are stunning and it has proven to be able to stand up to my Pacific Northwest rainy season. If it's happy and growing well it is a good producer of offsets.

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