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Sempervivum Sanford Hybrids

Hens and Chicks, Live Forever, Houseleek

$12.95 ea. (3+ discount) $12.50 ea.

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Sharply pointed foliage forms large rosettes of smoky purple with hints of green and burgundy red. A clutch of chicks will ‘hatch’ to surround the larger ‘hens’. Short pastel pink flower spikes may develop in summer. Cooler temperatures transform the foliage to burgundy.

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 flower 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.

Details

Type: Perennials
Height: Short 3-4"
Spacing: Plant 6-8" apart
Bloom Time: Mid-Summer to Late Summer
Sun-Shade: Full Sun to Half Sun/ Half Shade
Zones: 4-9   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

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.