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Sempervivum tectorum

Hens and Chicks
Scientific NameSempervivum tectorum
Common NameHens and Chicks
FamilyCrassulaceae, Orpine
HabitHardy, evergreen succulent.
Growth FormPlant is comprised of rosettes of succulent leaves. The rosettes produce runners of smaller rosettes which are referred as “chicks”. Moderate growth rate.
Mature SizeHeight: 3-4″ Width: 4-12″
FlowersPurple red on hairy stems 12″ above rosettes. Summer bloom.
HardinessZones 3-8
Sun RequirementsFull Sun, tolerate part shade.
Water RequirementsWater regularly for a few weeks until established. Requires very little care and is very drought tolerant.
Soil RequirementsWell drained, dry soil. Plant in dry, sandy soil. Prefer poor, rocky or gravelly soil.
Other InfoParent of many hybrids. Large and open rosettes, hairy flower stem to 12″ tall, thick leaves with dark tips.
Landscape habit uses: Rock gardens, dry wall, edging, bedding in dry gardens, containers such as strawberry jar.
Additional PhotosHens and Chicks