Sempervivum Red Beauty

Hens And Chicks, Live Forever, Houseleek

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Plant Code: SERB

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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.

Once, every grandchild received a start of this plant from their grandmother. Rosettes of leaves (the hens) send out many offsets (the chicks) which can be pulled off and transplanted. Prefers sun in almost any soil. Unusual flowers spikes are produced eventually. A resurgence of interest has Sempervivums used in living wreaths, spilling out of clay pots, old tea kettles, and even retired work boots.


Type: Perennials
Height: Short 3"
Spacing: Plant 12" apart
Bloom Time: Early Fall to Late Fall
Sun-Shade: Full Sun to Mostly Sunny
Zones: 4-10   Find Your Zone
Soil Condition: Normal, Sandy, Clay
Flower: Pink
Accent: Pink
Pot Size: 3.5" square x 4" deep

Features to Note

  • Deer Resistant
  • Hot Dry Site Tolerant
  • Evergreen
  • OK in Containers
  • Rabbit Resistant

Sempervivum General Information

Sempervivum 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).

Sempervivum Plant Care

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.