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Sempervivum tectorum and S. t. calcareum
Sempervivum tectorum and S. t. calcareum

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Zones 2-24, 26, 28-41
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Sempervivum tectorum

Hens and Chicks
Crassulaceae
Cacti and succulents, Perennials

SEMPERVIVUM

Native to the mountains of Europe. Known for their tightly packed rosettes of fleshy, evergreen leaves, these spread by little offsets that cluster around a parent rosette (thus “hens and chicks”). Clustered, star-shaped summer flowers in white, yellowish, pink, red, or greenish; pretty in detail but not showy. Blooming rosettes die after setting seed, but offsets (easily detached and replanted) carry on. There are many species, all good in rock gardens, containers, even in pockets in boulders or pieces of porous rock. Need excellent drainage. Water only to prevent shriveling. Protect from full sun in hot desert regions.

Sempervivum tectorum
Sempervivum tectorum

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Sempervivum tectorum

Gray-green, 2–5-in.-wide rosettes spread quickly to form clumps to 2 ft. or wider. Leaves have red-brown, bristly tips. Red or reddish blossoms are borne on stems to 2 ft. tall. Colored-leaf varieties in red, purple, chartreuse, and silvery blue are available.

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