Data specific to Sempervivum (Edit)
Hybrid: Yes
Country of Origin: (DE) Germany
Year of registration: 1977
Origin of name: Named after a volcano on the island of Hawaiʻi.
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: Smooth
Cilia: fine
Other: Grey-green leaves well tipped & backed with purple.
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
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Other: Kaleidoscope of leaf color changes is the hallmark of sempervivums
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: Stratifying seeds may improve germination, but is not required
Needs specific temperature
Suitable for wintersowing
Sow in situ
Will not come true from seed
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Monocarpic
Child plants: one child plant

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

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Date: 2014-08-30

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Date: 2013-07-23

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