Hens & Chicks Sempervivum

10 Sempervivum Collection

$32.90 $26.99

Our collection of 10 colorful hens and chicks will look fantastic in your garden. Let us choose some of our favorite sempervivum varieties; a great assortment of colors and types that will look great together All the succulents included in this...

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12 Semp & Sedum Collection

$39.48 $32.50

This sempervivum & sedum collection includes 12 colorful succulents: 6 varieties of sempervivum and 6 varieties of sedum. These will all be cold hardy succulents (down to USDA Zone 4 or -30 F), perfect for planting outside in wreaths, living frames,...

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6 Assorted No ID Sempervivum

$15.00

Save more with this random assortment of un-named plants. These are still beautiful, cold hardy sempervivum, just not named hybrids. Each order includes six rosettes plus chicks. All the plants will arrive in one bag containing a random mix of plant...

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Amanda Sempervivum

$3.39

Amanda's smooth golden-green leaves are tipped with dark red. As the plant matures, its coloring gets stronger. The mix of gold and red coloring makes this variety look like it's on fire in the spring.Len Ingram (UK), 1976

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Andrenor Sempervivum

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Andrenor's bright green leaves are tipped and backed with fiery red. Great winter color.Nicholas Moore (UK), 1950sFoliage Color: Spring - Red; Summer - Green with Light Red Tips Mature Size: 4" Diameter Shipping Size: You'll receive a 1.5"-2" rosette as...

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Angel Wings Jovibarba heuffelii

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Angel Wings has a glowing green base on deep purple, wide leaves. Great Summer & Winter Color. Foliage Color: Spring - Purple-Red; Summer - Purple-Red Mature Size: 4" Diameter Shipping Size: You'll receive multiple rosettes either as an undivided...

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Aymon Correvon Sempervivum

$3.39

This remarkable variety is a soft velvety texture over dark burgundy leaves in the spring. The leaves turn gray-green in the summer heat, but they retain their dark tips and edges.Henri Correvon, (CH) Switzerland, 1977Foliage Color: Spring - Silver...

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Bascour Silver Sempervivum arachnoideum

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Bascour Silver is a beautiful shade of red in that spring that fades to green with the summer heat. The tight rosettes are covered with light webbing. Grows in nice mounds.Gustaaf Van Der Steen (BE), 1979 Foliage Color: Spring - Red with White Cobweb;...

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Bedazzled Sempervivum

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Bedazzled is sure to live up to its name and impress. A seedling of 'Lavender and Old Lace' this variety shows fantastic coloring. In the spring the center is lavender-pink, but as the summer progresses the color moves to the leaf ends with some...

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Belansky Tatra Jovibarba hirta

$3.39

This small variety of hen and chick Jovibarba was found by Volkmar Schara in the Slovakian mountain range of Belianske Tatras. Like other small roller varieties it exhibits brilliant green leaves with bright red tips. With time it forms a beautiful,...

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Black Sempervivum

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Black is stunning, blackish-purple variety in the spring. In the warmer weather of late spring the leaves turn green while the tips retain their dark color, as if dipped in ink. Foliage Color: Spring - Black/Purple; Summer - Green/Dark Tips Mature...

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Blaze Jovibarba heuffelii

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Blaze's round leaves spread outward in an explosion of bright greens and dark reds. Great Summer & Winter Color.David T. Ford (UK), 1988 Foliage Color: Spring - Green with Dark Red Tips; Summer - Green with Dark Red Tips Mature Size: 3.5" Diameter...

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Borisii Sempervivum ciliosum

$3.39

Borisii is like a little hurricane with heavy cilia that swirl around the eye of the rosette. Sempervivum ciliosum var. borisii grows in almost perfectly round white balls giving it a remarkable appearance. Foliage Color: Spring - Green with Purple Tips;...

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Bronco Sempervivum

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Bronco sports dark purple leaf tips on bright green leaves year round and turns dark red in spring.Martin Haberer (DE), 1977 or 1980 Foliage Color: Spring - Red; Summer - Green with Dark Red TipsMature Size: 3" DiameterShipping Size: You'll receive a 1...

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Bulgaria Jovibarba hirta

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This jovibarba roller from bulgaria displays an impressive array of colors. Dark, purple rosettes in winter open up to blue-green leaves in spring and summer with bright red offsets. Foliage Color: Spring - Blue-Green with Purple Tips; Summer -...

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Centennial Sempervivum

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Centennial has pinkish purple leaves with pale green tips. Great Summer & Winter Color.Betty Z. Bronow (US), 1979 Foliage Color: Spring - Pink-Red; Summer - Pink & GreenMature Size: 5.5" DiameterShipping Size: You'll receive a 1.5"-2" rosette as...

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Cherry Frost Sempervivum

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Cherry Frost are a bright mix of cherry red with a faint frosting of white from fringed and tufted leaves. This sempervivum variety holds its color well in the summer.Helen Payne (US), 1970 Foliage Color: Spring - Bright Red; Summer - Burnt Red Mature...

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Chinook Jovibarba heuffelii

$3.39

Chinook has narrow, bright green leaves covered in a generous splash of crimson. Martin Haberer, 1985 Foliage Color: Spring - Red; Summer - Pink Mature Size: 6" Diameter Shipping Size: You'll receive multiple rosettes either as an undivided clump, or as...

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Circus Sempervivum

$3.39

Circus is a showy mix of green, purple and white hairs in a compact ball. Green in Summer.Ed Skrocki (US), 1976 Foliage Color: Spring - Red with White Cobweb; Summer - Green with White CobwebMature Size: 3" DiameterShipping Size: You'll receive a 1...

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Col de Turini Jovibarba globiferum

$3.39

Col de Turini's almost fluorescent green leaves cause this small variety to pop when mixed with larger varieties and darker colors. Foliage Color: Spring - Green with Red Tips; Summer - Bright Green Mature Size: 1.5" Diameter Shipping Size: You'll...

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Corsair Sempervivum

$3.39

Corsair grows in a small mound of medium sized rosettes. Pointy leaves emerge green, but turn bright ruby red as they age. Nice dark tips in winter.David T. Ford (UK), 1984Foliage Color: Spring - Bright Red; Summer - Green with Red-Orange Outer...

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Crimson Velvet Sempervivum

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Crimson Velvet appropriately named for the down covered look of crimson leaves that form tidy mounds of brilliance. Holds Color.David T. Ford (UK), 1985 Foliage Color: Spring - Red with White Cobweb; Summer - Green with White CobwebMature Size: 3"...

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Crispyn Sempervivum

$3.39

A small variety of sempervivum with a whole lot of color, Crispyn's purple-red leaves have great watermarking in the spring.Gustaav van der Steen, (BE) Belgium, 1974Foliage Color: Spring - Gray-Red with Watermarks; Summer - Gray-Green with Pink...

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Dark Cloud Sempervivum

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This large, dark variety adds beautiful color to a succulent bed. The big rosettes are purplish-gray with dark tips on pointed leaves.Polly Bishop, (US) United States, 1976Foliage Color: Spring - Purple/Black; Summer - Gray-PurpleMature Size: 6"...

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Most commonly known as hens and chicks, sempervivum are tough, versatile succulents whose name literally means 'always living'. It's an apt description of these plants that can take cold, drought and sun. With over 3,000 cultivars there's a near endless assortment of color, perfect for rock gardens, planters, ground covers, or anything else you can imagine.

Sempervivum (sem-per-VEE-vum)


These tough succulents are easy to grow, but with enough variation to be engaging for a lifetime. The rosette forms of semps grow into tight clusters that can look like rolling waves of color on the ground. When in containers they cascade over the edges and putting down roots wherever they touch soil.

Sempervivum are cold hardy succulents native to the high mountains of Europe. Their ideal growing conditions are cool, sunny, dry regions with excellent drainage. However, these guys aren't overly fussy and can be grown nearly anywhere with a little consideration. Most varieties can handle winter temperatures that plummet to -20 or -30 degrees (USDA Zone 4). However, if you're growing them in those colder ranges it usually increases survival rates to give them a little extra winter protection (crop cover blankets, move containers closer to house, etc). In warmer climates (USDA Zones 9 and above), they will grow better with shade during the most intense sunlight hours.

Being succulents, sempervivum are also drought tolerant. In the spring when they are growing most they benefit from regular watering, but other than that the water requirements are minimal. Just give them a good, thorough watering whenever the soil has dried out and they'll be happy. Although semps suffer from few diseases, rot can be a problem with over watering or if there isn't adequate drainage.

Sempervivum propagate by producing babies or offsets on stolon. Because of how they propagate themselves the common name of hens and chicks. They are monocarpic plants. This means that after a few years of growing they will flower and then die. It's always a surprise to people in summer when their little round rosettes turn into tall stalks topped with star-shaped flowers. These low maintenance plants continue growing year after year even when completely ignored, making it seem like they really do 'live forever' as their name, sempervivum, suggests.

Jovibarba are often lumped in with sempervivum as hens and chicks. They are extremely similar. The main difference is in how jovibarba produce their offsets. Jovibarba heuffelii grow chicks that are mashed inside the mother plant. Other jovibarba are called 'Rollers' because they grow babies on top of the mother plant that pop off and roll away to grow elsewhere.

For more information, read our article on how to plant and grow sempervivum.