Hens And Chicks, Live Forever, Houseleek
Short 3" (Plant 12" apart)
Early Fall to Late Fall
Full Sun to Half Sun/ Half Shade
Find Your Zone
Normal, Sandy, Clay
Flower Color / Accent:
Gray-green foliage of open rosettes are tipped deep red. Will spread slowly to form a thick mat. Tiny new plants appear around the mother in the middle. Red Beauty produces short spikes of pink flowers mid summer. Excellent for rock gardens and containers.
Features to Note:
- Hot Dry site tolerant
- Deer Resistant
- For a sunny spot
- Web Only
Sempervivums are used in living wreaths, spilling out of clay pots, old tea kettles, and even old retired work boots. Extremely easy to grow in hot sunny spots, spreading to fill in nicely. The common name Hens and Chicks alludes to the fact that there is always a mother (hen) that produces babies (chicks).
Very drought tolerant once established. No special care required. Prefers sandy or gravelly soils in full sun. May need to avoid or amend clay soils. Good winter drainage is important. May benefit from gravel mulch. Offset rosettes will be formed around parent plant. These can be removed once rooted and transplanted elsewhere.