Data specific to Sempervivum (Edit)
Hybrid: Yes
Hybridizer: DAVID T. FORD
Country of Origin: (UK) United Kingdom
Year of registration: 1970
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: Winter Color
Other: Rich green leaves backed & tipped with red. Winter color is like Christmas.
Water: Very low
Does not like wet feet
Uses: Accent
Pests and Diseases: Pest resistant
Availability: Easy to find
Source: Squaw Mountain
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: 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: 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

Photo Gallery
Location: Portland, Oregon, United States of America
Date: 6/20/2021
light pink, subtle striations of creamy tan
Location: Beautiful Tennessee, my garden
Date: 2018-06-22
June 2018 color
Location: Washington
Date: 2016-09-12
Location: Pacific Northwest zone 8
Date: Sep 2, 2011
Location: Salem, Oregon
Photo compliments of Perennial Obsessions.
Location: Washington
Location: Washington 8b
Date: 2017-07-09
Location: Pacific Northwest, zone 8
Date: Jul 1, 2012
Photo by gg5
  • Uploaded by gg5
Location: Pacific Northwest zone 8
Date: Oct 2, 2011
Location: Oklahoma
Date: 2017-04-08
Location: Willamette Valley Oregon
Date: 2014-03-09

July 28, 2010 PNW zone 8

9/16/2010 PNW zone 8 after a long drought

4/27/2011 PNW, zone 8

6/6/2011 PNW, zone 8
Location: Washington
Date: 2016-05-17
Location: Washington 8b
Date: 2017-07-12
Location: Willamette Valley Oregon
Date: 2014-08-19
Location: Willamette Valley Oregon
Date: 2014-03-09
Location: Pacific Northwest, zone 8
Date: Mar 26, 2012

12/31/2010 PNW zone 8

4/5/2011 PNW, zone 8

4/27/2011 PNW, zone 8
Location: Pacific Northwest, zone 8
Date: Oct 22, 2012
Location: ,Front Royal,Va
Date: 2013-05-07
Big Plant- this is a 3 gal pot its in
Location: zone 7a, NC my garden
Date: 2012-01-31
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