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.