Hens and Chicks Sempervivum is a succulent with flower-like rosettes that send out numerous sprouts making it easy to propagate and share with friends. There are many different shapes, textures, colors and sizes of Sempervivum that will add plenty of interest to containers and landscapes. Colors are usually best in the spring and fall. One “hen” can produce several “chicks” in one season filling in a space quickly. Neglect works best for most succulent types of plants since they do not like too much water or require much fertilization.
Many types of Sempervivum can be found in their natural habitat 3000 to 8000 feet above sea level in the mountainous regions of Central and Southern Europe and on the Islands in the Mediterranean. The name Sempervivum literally translates to “always living”. When the mother plant reaches maturity it will bloom and then die leaving a space for the chicks to fill in and continue the cycle.
Spacing: Plant 3″ to 12″ apart.
Height: Grows 3″ to 5″ tall.
How To Grow: Plant in sun or shade.
Outstanding Features: Blooms on tall stalks but hens die afterwards. Fortunately there are plenty of chicks to fill the void.
Tips: Drought tolerant. It is a succulent so do not over water!
Uses: Garden Bed, Containers, Borders, Landscapes, Rock Gardens, Xeriscapes