'Hardy Species Mix' Sempervivum hybrid (Hens and Chicks) | Vite Greenhouses
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Hens and Chicks ‘Hardy Species Mix’
Sempervivum hybrid
Unavailable in 2020  

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What's My Zone?
Zone: 3 to 8
Plant Type: Perennial
Full Sun to Part Shade
Blooms mid-summer
Cultivar Notes - 'Hardy Species Mix'
Interesting rosettes of plump, wedge-shaped leaves. Old-fashioned green and red varieties. Each mother plant ("hen") produces several offshoots ("chicks") per year. Classic plants for rock gardens!
Genus Notes - Sempervivum
Hens and Chicks, a touch of nostalgia!

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.

All derive from alpine species native to the mountains of southern Europe and western Asia. The rosettes develop by long-stalked offsets into crowded, colorful, richly textured mats. In summer the older rosettes send out thick upright stems bristling with stubby pointed leaves and topped with dense clusters of tightly packed pink blooms. Rosettes die after flowering.Among the easiest plants to grow, Hen-and-chicks tolerate heat, drought and neglect with style. Useful in rock gardens, container gardens of all types, rooftop gardens and rock walls. Hundreds of varieties exist. All types form a low cushion or carpet of fleshy leaves, tiny new plants appearing in a circle around the mother in the middle.


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