Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Exorna') in the Sempervivum Database

Common names:
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Data specific to Sempervivum (Edit)
Hybrid: Yes
Hybridizer: LEN A. EARL
Country of Origin: (UK) United Kingdom
Year of registration: 1970
Awards: AM* - Award of Merit: 1980
GdS Semps of the Year: 2013 sharing Eigth Place, 2012 Sixth Place, 2011 Fifth Place
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: very fine cilia
Winter Color
Other: Olive-green leaves tipped red with a warm glow at base.
Water: Very low
Does not like wet feet
Uses: Accent
Pests and Diseases: Pest resistant
Number of chicks: So far not a lot of chicks, but the beauty and size make up for it.
Availability: Easy to find
Source: North Hills Nursery
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
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
Needs specific temperature
Depth to plant seed: surface sow and barely cover
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


Photo gallery:
Location: Washington 8bDate: 2017-06-11
By Patty
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Location: Washington 8bDate: 2017-04-04
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Date: 2015-03-18
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Date: 2015-05-30
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8/2010 Canada zone 5A
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Date: 2014-10-28
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Location: WashingtonDate: 2016-07-18
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Photo Courtesy of Mountain Crest Gardens. Used with Permission.
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Location: Lincoln NE zone 5Date: 2015-08-28Not a fast grower for me so far.
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Location: Washington 8bDate: 2017-05-08
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Location: ,Front Royal,VaDate: 2014-06-23
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Photo courtesy of: srboisvert
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Location: WashingtonDate: 2016-04-20
By Patty
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Posted by goldfinch4 (Ripon, Wisconsin) on Jun 28, 2010 5:45 PM

Wow, pretty color on this one!

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Posted by valleylynn (Dallas, OR - Zone 8b) on Jul 1, 2010 6:41 AM

I love the change Exorna goes through. It looks so different. Can you tell us what date the first picture was taken?

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