Sempervivum and Jovibarba forum: Sempervivum 'Black Mini'

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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Apr 14, 2018 2:10 PM CST

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Okay, time for discussion of a great smaller semp by the name of 'Black Mini'.

After reading Kevin's new book on sempervivum some of us have some questions about this semp.

@JungleShadows
Kevin, do you grow this semp? If so do you have a current photo of it?
The one I am growing is about 2" across a mature rosette, that will get slightly larger as the weather warms up. It has noticeable lashes on the edges of the leaves.
Name: Kevin Vaughn
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
JungleShadows
Apr 14, 2018 4:07 PM CST
No photos here. I did grow it and my thought was not really black and not really mini like an arachnoideum or Erwin's Goldshatz! Don't know if I kept it or not.

It is dark and small has quite a few but narrow and pointed leaves. Erwin has used it in crosses and his Space Dog has given me a spate of really narrow leaved things that are quite cool but I think it may have been crossed with a grandiflorum to produce Space Dog.

I know that's not much help but it's the extent of what i know about the plant!

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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Apr 14, 2018 4:55 PM CST

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Thank you Kevin.
I think we have the correct plant. It does go from that very dark coloring to olive green, then a bit brighter green in late summer. It is dark in the winter and part of spring.
Name: Julia
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springcolor
Apr 15, 2018 6:38 PM CST
Here is my Black Mini. I guess looks about right. I was looking for the tuffs on the ends.
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plantmanager
Apr 15, 2018 7:44 PM CST
That's a nice one, Julia. I see lots of little hairs around the edges of the leaves. Are those the tufts?
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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Apr 15, 2018 10:46 PM CST

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Tufts are the collection of hairs at the tips of the leaves.
They can be more noticeable different times of the year.
Name: Bev
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webesemps
Apr 17, 2018 10:49 AM CST
I like that some people refer to some little hairs spaced along the edge of leaves as "lashes" Smiling
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plantmanager
Apr 17, 2018 10:50 AM CST
That's exactly what they look like, Bev! Lovey dubby
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AntMan01
Apr 17, 2018 12:19 PM CST
Sempervivum 'Aross' has eyelashes (cilia) and leaf tip tufts.
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