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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Angel Wings Jovibarba heuffelii

$3.39

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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Centennial Sempervivum

$3.39

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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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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Emberley Pink Sempervivum

$3.39

Emberley Pink is a great cobwebbed variety. Strings of white rest atop brilliant green and red leaves.Kevin C. Vaughn (US), 1970 Foliage Color: Spring - Red with White Cobweb; Summer - Red with White CobwebMature Size: 2.5" DiameterShipping Size: You'll...

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Emily Sempervivum arachnoideum

$3.39

Emily is an Arachnoideum species. Green and red leaves lightly visible through heavy webbed cilia.Gustaaf Van Der Steen (BE), 1986 Foliage Color: Spring - Red with White Cobweb; Summer - Green with White CobwebMature Size: 1.5" DiameterShipping Size:...

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Euphemia Sempervivum

$3.39

Euphemia has tightly packed gray-green leaves fringed with silver hair.Gustaaf Van Der Steen (BE), 1978 Foliage Color: Spring - Red with White Cobweb; Summer - Green with White CobwebMature Size: 3" DiameterShipping Size: You'll receive a 1.5"-2"...

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Green Ice Sempervivum

$3.39

Green Ice is a newer variety of sempervivum. The compact green rosettes are covered in a thick layer of white hairs giving it the look of ice.Howard J. Wills, (GB) Great Britian, 2006Foliage Color: Spring - Green & White; Summer - Mature Size: 2.5"...

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Heart of Darkness Sempervivum

$6.99

Kevin Vaughn has outdone himself with his latest creation. Heart of Darkness is a huge multileaved rosette with an upright habit. The green rosettes are nearly black on the bottom 2/3rds of the leaf. This variety is a unique cross of two other great...

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Hey-Hey Sempervivum

$3.39

Hey-Hey, fringed and tufted with white hair, these cupped plants exhibit bright red with a touch of green. Green in Summer.Nicholas Moore (UK), 1950 Foliage Color: Spring - Red with White Fuzz; Summer - Green with White FuzzMature Size: 4"...

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Larissa Sempervivum

$3.39

Larissa's gorgeous upright leaves display rose and green colors brilliantly.André Smits (BE), 1997 Foliage Color: Spring - Burnt Red; Summer - Green with a Blush of Color on Outer LeavesMature Size: 4" DiameterShipping Size: You'll receive a 1.5"-2"...

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Lively Bug Sempervivum

$3.39

Lively Bug's green leaves are heavily furred. Outer leaves tipped with maroon.Ed Skrocki (US), 1980 Foliage Color: Spring - Green with Dark Red Tips and White Fuzz; Summer - Green with White FuzzMature Size: 3" DiameterShipping Size: You'll receive a 1...

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More Honey Sempervivum

$3.39

More Honey's red leaves dissolve to golden-green at the base. Looks amazing in large groups. Fast Grower. Soft green in Summer.Ed Skrocki (US), 1980 Foliage Color: Spring - Burnt Red with Green; Summer - Green with a Touch of RedMature Size: 3"...

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Niphetos Sempervivum

$3.39

Niphetos has thick leaves bright green at the base, fading to maroon and frosted white on the ends with delicate hairs. Green in Summer.André Smits (BE), 1992 Foliage Color: Spring - Red with White Fuzz; Summer - GreenMature Size: 4" DiameterShipping...

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No ID Sempervivum

$2.60

These are plants without a name. They are still beautiful, cold hardy sempervivum, just without names. Each one ordered will include several rosettes (the same as ordering named varieties). Orders for multiple NOID Semps will include a random mix of...

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Pacific Feather Power Sempervivum

$3.39

Pacific Feather Power's long hair on tips form a dense white cobweb in the center of this lime green and burgundy variety.Gary Gossett (US), 1992 Foliage Color: Spring - Red with White Cobweb; Summer - Green with White CobwebMature Size: 2.5"...

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Pacific Plum Fuzzy Sempervivum

$3.39

Pacific Plum Fuzzy looks velvety with compact leaves dripping maroon from the tips towards the green base. Fast Grower. Holds Color.Gary Gossett (US), 1988 Foliage Color: Spring - Red with White Fuzz; Summer - Green with White FuzzMature Size: 3"...

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Pacific Rim Sempervivum

$3.39

Pacific Rim's thick light green leaves are tipped in crimson and covered in silver hairs on this lovely plant. Soft Green/Blue in Summer.Gary Gossett (US), 1988 Foliage Color: Spring - Green with Red Tips and White Fuzz; Summer - Green with Red Tips and...

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Pacific Shadows Sempervivum

$3.39

Pacific Shadows is a classic rosette of burgundy leaves curling away from a tight center. Holds its dark coloring throughout the year.Gary Gossett (US), 1992 Foliage Color: Spring - Purple; Summer - Red-BrownMature Size: 2.5" DiameterShipping Size:...

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Piliferum Sempervivum

$3.39

Piliferum is heavily tuftted with sprouts of white hair from the green leaf tips like little whiskers. Foliage Color: Spring - Green with Red Outer Leaves and White Fuzz; Summer - Green with White FuzzMature Size: 3" DiameterShipping Size: You'll...

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Pruhonice Sempervivum

$3.39

Pruhonice has purple tips on emerald green leaves. Dark chicks grow on flashing red stolons.Helen Von Stein-Zeppelin (DE), 1982 Foliage Color: Spring - Red; Summer - GreenMature Size: 4" DiameterShipping Size: You'll receive a 1.5"-2" rosette as well as...

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Red Heart Sempervivum

$3.39

Red Heart has long, watermarked leaves that change color with the seasons. Light lavender-blue, lavender-blue with red centers and amber-red depending on the time of year. This sempervivum variety has showy, long lasting flowers throughout the summer...

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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.