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Sempervivum tectorum (Hens and Chicks, Common Houseleek)

Type: Species | Edit History      Plant ID - 505120



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Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Rosales
Family: Crassulaceae
Genus: Sempervivum
Species: Sempervivum tectorum
 
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Plant Types edit
  • Evergreen
  • Houseplant
  • Ornamental
  • Perennial
  • Succulent
Zones / Hardiness edit
  • 3b (to -30 F / -34 C)
  • 4a (to -25 F / -32 C)
  • 4b (to -20 F / -29 C)
  • 5a (to -15 F / -26 C)
  • 5b (to -10 F / -23 C)
  • 6a (to -5 F / -21 C)
  • 6b (to 0 F / -18 C)
  • 7a (to 5 F / -15 C)
  • 7b (to 10 F / -12 C)
  • 8a (to 15 F / -9 C)
  • 8b (to 20 F / -7 C)
Height (Maximum) edit
  • < 6 inches (< 15 cm)
Spread (Maximum) edit
  • 1 to 1 1/2 feet (30 to 45 cm)
Flowering Start edit
  • Summer
Flowering End edit
  • Summer
Leaf Colour edit
  • Green - Light
  • Green - Medium
  • Chartreuse
Leaf Shape edit
  • Rosette
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Suitable For edit
  • Alpine/Rock Garden
  • Indoor
  • Low Maintenance Garden
Sun Exposure edit
  • Full Sun
Soil Types edit
  • Dry
  • Well-drained
Soil pH edit
  • 6.0 - 6.4 (Slightly acidic)
  • 6.5 - 6.9 (Very slightly acidic)
  • 7.0 (Neutral)
  • 7.1 - 7.5 (Very slightly alkaline)
  • 7.6 - 8.0 (Slightly alkaline)
Bloom Colour edit
  • Pink
Wildlife Value edit
Propagation Techniques edit
  • Division
Skill Level edit
  • Beginner
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Contributors For This Plant
Netty (13526)
Droopy (10087)
cherylad (2487)
Frank (2697)
Jewell (5500)
Philip Nulty (153)
  aseedisapromise (874)
SongofJoy57 (49)
SanDiegoLarry (1)
aythya-camellia (860)
donm (3)
  CharlesTedder (1)


Gardens Containing This Plant
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Jewell's Garden
petunia's Garden
Droopy's Garden
ACMPhoto's Garden
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tmholding's Garden
Philip Nulty's Garden
 lukeypukey's Garden
 aseedisapromise's Garden
 CharlesTedder's Garden


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aythya-camellia (860) wrote on Feb 24 2010
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It uproots itself VERY readily. When it rains, I have to bail out its pot with a measuring cup and put the plant (which is invariably floating around in its pot with the roots out of the soil and the rest of the plant completely underwater) back in the soil. Then I moved it into a raised bed, which didn't get flooded as often, and it still uprooted itself. And the prickles go right through gardening gloves. I would list this as making the top ten worst plants I have ever grown. Its one redeeming factor is that the "chicks" are kind of cute. Thankfully, I don't have it anymore.

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