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Sempervivum

sempervivum.jpgSempervivum (sem-per-vye-vum), houseleeks, liveforever and, hen and chicks; Crassulaceae Family. Sempervivum are evergreen perennials of the Old World, consisting of a rootstock topped by a tight cluster of mostly incurving, fleshy leaves, forming an almost globular rosette. Short runners, growing out from the root, terminate in smaller duplicates of the central leaf tuft. Clusters of white, pink yellow or purple flowers on stems grow out of the centers of the leaf rosettes. Sempervivum succeed in any well-drained, moderately fertile soil, preferably in full sun, although most kinds will tolerate light shade. Primarily grown for their foliage, they make good plants for rock gardens and are particularly suitable for narrow rock crevices and chinks dry walls as long as there is enough soil to accommodate the roots.

Easy to grow in full sun to partial shade, and well-drained soil. While they are adaptable to a variety of soil types, they will do best in coarse, sandy soil. Although Semervivums can tolerate frosty conditions, excessive watering, fertilizer or humidity may cause rot.

Plant in rock gardens, alpine gardens, troughs and containers. Though hens will die after flowering, they will produce numerous chicks to take their place. To propagate, simply split off the chickens from the parent plant and transplant them. Providing contact with the soil should be sufficient for transplanting, since Sempervivum root readily. If a groundcover effect is desired, space plants close together because they grow slowly. Deer and Rabbit resistant.

Attributes: Border plants, Containers, Evergreen, Ground cover, Salt Tolerant, Small / Miniature, Easy to grow.

  • Sempervivum 'Black'
Photos courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.

    Sempervivum 'Black' (25) BR Plants

    Sempervivum 'Black' (25) Bare Root Plants Latin translation: Semper means forever and vivo means live. Which is why Grandma called them 'live forevers' or 'always living'. a/k/a: Houseleeks, Hens and Chicks. Growth Height: 4 to 6 inches tall, 8 to 112...

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  • Sempervivum 'Peggy'
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    Sempervivum 'Peggy' (25) BR Plants

    Sempervivum 'Peggy' (25) Bare Root Plants Common Name: Hen & Chicks, HouseleekA beautiful variety of Hens & Chicks that transitions through many colors over the seasons. In spring, leaves are purple and transition to deep red in summer. Fall and...

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  • Sempervivum 'Krebs 2'

    Sempervivum 'Krebs 2' (10)ct Flat

    Sempervivum 'Krebs 2' Latin translation: Semper means forever and vivo means live. Which is why Grandma called them 'live forevers' or 'always living'. a/k/a: Houseleeks, Hens and Chicks, Desert Bloom 2. Growth Height: 4 to 6 inches tall, 8 to 12 inch...

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  • Sempervivum 'Jade Rose'

    Sempervivum 'Jade Rose' (10)ct Flat

    Sempervivum 'Jade Rose' Latin translation: Semper means forever and vivo means live. Which is why Grandma called them 'live forevers' or 'always living'. a/k/a: Houseleeks, Hens and Chicks. Growth Height: 4 to 6 inches tall, 8 to 12 inch spread. ...

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  • Sempervivum 'Black'

    Sempervivum 'Black' (10)ct Flat

    Sempervivum 'Black' Latin translation: Semper means forever and vivo means live. Which is why Grandma called them 'live forevers' or 'always living'. a/k/a: Houseleeks, Hens and Chicks. Growth Height: 4 to 6 inches tall, 8 to 112 inch spread. Zone:...

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  • Sempervivum 'Ruby Heart'

    Sempervivum 'Ruby Heart' (25) BR Plants

    Sempervivum 'Ruby Heart' (25) BR Plants Forms rosettes of sharply pointed, silvery blue to blue-green leaves which are flushed rosy red at the base Color varies by season Unique pinkish purple flowers in midsummer Great rock garden plant Height: 3-4...

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  • Sempervivum 'Purple Beauty'

    Sempervivum 'Purple Beauty' (25) BR Plants

    Sempervivum 'Purple Beauty' Latin translation: Semper means forever and vivo means live. Which is why Grandma called them 'live forevers' or 'always living'. Common Name: Houseleeks, Hens and Chicks. Zone: 3 to 8. Full sun. Growth Height: 3 to 4...

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  • Sempervivum 'Pilioseum'

    Sempervivum 'Pilioseum' (25) BR Plants

    Sempervivum 'Pilioseum' Latin translation: Semper means forever and vivo means live. Which is why Grandma called them 'live forevers' or 'always living'. Common Name: Houseleeks, Hens and Chicks. Zone: 3 to 8. Full sun. Growth Height: 3 to 4 inches...

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  • Sempervivum   Assorted

    Sempervivum (25) BR Plants Assorted

    Sempervivum Assorted plants Latin translation: Semper means forever and vivo means live. Which is why Grandma called them 'live forevers' or 'always living'. Common Name: Houseleeks, Hens and Chicks. Zone: 3 to 8. Full sun. Growth Height: 3 to 4...

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