PlantsSempervivum→Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Butterbur')

Trade name information:
Series: Lord of the Rings
Cultivar name: 'Butterbur'
Common names:
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Data specific to Sempervivum (Edit)
Hybrid: Yes
Hybridizer: BETTY Z. BRONOW
Country of Origin: (US) United States
Year of registration: 1976
Other Details: Part of the 'Lord of the Rings' series.
History of species or Cultivar: SEMPERVIVUM (S. 'Collage' S. ? )
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: Other: Olive-green base leaves ring a rose-red cup. Good substance, form and color.
Water: Very low
Does not like wet feet
Uses: Accent
Pests and Diseases: Pest resistant
Source: Cavendish Perennials

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: 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
Parentage: Collage x n/a


Photo gallery:
Location: No. CA zone 9bDate: 2014-10-03Fall coloring
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Date: 2016-08-23
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Location: Washington 8bDate: 2017-08-04
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Location: Seattle WA Date: 2016-09-08
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S. 'Butter Burr' August 2010
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Location: Massachusetts gardenDate: May 19, 2019spring color, rosette on the left is a maturing chick
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Location: Germany, Mecklenburg-VorpommernDate: 2008-07-12
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Date: 2016-04-14
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Location: Washington 8bDate: 2017-07-14
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2.17.11 - SE (Middle,TN) Zone 6a - New
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Location: Germany, BavariaDate: 2011-05-04Photo courtesy of Beatrix Bodmeier, Bavaria/Germany
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Location: Washington 8bDate: 2017-05-19
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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Harvesting chicks, how early is too early? by AntMan01 May 17, 2020 2:40 PM 162
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Sempervivum and Jovibarba chat & photos 2016 by valleylynn Jan 1, 2017 4:14 PM 3,366
New to Forum and Looking to Trade by tiba73 Jan 23, 2021 2:16 AM 9
Show us your crested semps by springcolor Oct 11, 2014 11:24 AM 69
Lord of the Rings series by valleylynn Jul 30, 2012 10:15 AM 70
Nursery: North Hills Nursery by valleylynn Jun 28, 2011 11:23 AM 370

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