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Botanical names:
Sempervivum arachnoideum subsp. tomentosum Accepted
Sempervivum arachnoideum var. tomentosum Synonym
Sempervivum tomentosum Synonym

Also sold as:
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Data specific to Sempervivum (Edit)
History of species or Cultivar: (C. B. Lehm. & Schnittspahn) Schinz & Thell.
Awards: AGM: 1993
Size: 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: Webbing
Water: Very low
Does not like wet feet
Uses: Accent
Pests and Diseases: Pest resistant
Availability: Easy to find
Source: Youngs Garden Center
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 Color: Pink
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late spring or early 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
Awards and Recognitions: RHS AGM

7/22/2011 PNW, zone 8

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Posted by valleylynn (Oregon City, OR - Zone 8b) on Oct 21, 2011 9:18 PM

S. tomentosum has produced 30 offsets from one rosette the first year planted, It also did quite well in our drought season of July and Aug and seems to be bouncing back nicely now that the rains have started.
I have yet to carry it through a winter, so will see how it is doing next spring (2012).
It carries it's offset very close, stacking them in rows.
Very nice webbing in the center of the rosettes, even on the young offsets.

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