Data specific to Sempervivum (Edit)
Hybrid: Yes
Hybridizer: Kevin C Vaughn
Country of Origin: (US) United States
Year of registration: 1969
Other Details: Kevin Vaughn: The inspiration for the name Jungle Shadows came from a border bearded iris very popular at the time that was in essentially the same colors. When the semp known as "Jungle Shadows' appeared, it looked SO like it it had to be given that same
History of species or Cultivar: Silver Rosette 1976
Awards: SR* = Silver Rosette: 1976
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.
Water: Very low
Does not like wet feet
Uses: Accent
Pests and Diseases: Pest resistant
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: 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
Child plants: 16 child plants

Common names
  • Hen and Chicks
  • Houseleek

Photo Gallery
Location: Connecticut
Date: June 15
Location: Willamette Valley Oregon
Date: 2014-08-20
Location: St. Helens, Oregon
Date: 2017-09-22
Jungle Shadows in September
Location: Pacific Northwest, zone 8
Date: 2020-04-21
Location: Willamette Valley, Oregon 
Date: 2015-07-23

Date: 2022-04-03
Location: South Jordan, Utah, United States
Date: 2019-07-10
Location: St. Helens, Oregon
Date: 2017-05-21
Jungle Shadows in May
Location: Washington 8b
Date: 2017-07-14
Location: Willamette Valley, Oregon 
Date: 2015-03-08
Location: Pacific Northwest, zone 8
Date: 2013-09-02
Location: Pacific Northwest, zone 8
Date: 2015-06-09
Location: Pacific Northwest, zone 8
Date: 2015-07-10

4.09.11 - SE (Middle,TN) Zone 6a
Location: South Jordan, Utah, United States
Date: 2019-08-08
Location: Doddridge Co. WV Zone 6a
Date: 6/17
Location: Pacific Northwest, zone 8
Date: 2016-08-28
Location: my garden zone 7b NC, USA
Date: 2013-09-02
with friend
Location: Willamette Valley Oregon

1.28.11 - SE (MiddleTN) - New Purchase
Location: Doddridge Co. WV Zone 6a

Photo courtesy of Annie's Annuals and Perennials
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  • Posted by valleylynn (Oregon City, OR - Zone 8b) on Oct 9, 2013 10:04 PM concerning plant:
    Here is an interesting comment made by Kevin Vaughn:
    JungleShadows said:Peter,

    Interesting that 'Killer' is behaving the same in Germany. The 'Killer' X self seedlings show these striking changes but interestingly the 'Jungle Shadows' X 'Killer' seedlings seem to be year round very intense, almost as though it captured one one of the phases of 'Killer', but these seedlings don't change much. In some of the other crosses with 'Killer' the changeable colors show in some of the seedlings but others also capture one of the phases of 'Killer' but in a more permanent state.

    When 'Jungle Shadows' first appeared as a seedling I was amazed at how well the color held up. In those days it was one of the few that did have color all year. Most turned green. I remember my call from Helen Payne after she received that plant "We can sell LOTS of that one Kevin". Amazingly, 45 years later they still are selling it! In the seedlings from self pollinating 'Jungle Shadows' there have been a majority of seedlings that keep color year round.


  • Posted by valleylynn (Oregon City, OR - Zone 8b) on Feb 11, 2021 2:06 PM concerning plant:
    A quote from Kevin Vaughn:
    "The parentage of 'Jungle Shadows' is officially unknown, but I found it near the clump of 'Silvertone' and I had made the cross with 'Atroviolaceum' that year. That's probably the cross."

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