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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Blaze Jovibarba heuffelii

$3.39

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

$3.39

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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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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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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Dragon's Eye Sempervivum

$5.99

This is a new, limited run hybrid that was passed over in favor of other new hybrids. Although it does not officially have a name, Youngs has dubbed it Dragon's Eye. This is an extra large, bright red sempervivum. With morning dew on it the leaves...

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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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Fame Montrose Sempervivum

$4.99

Fame Montrose is one of the very unusual sempervivum varieties. Its leaves contort and ballon up into odd shapes so that the plant looks like a pine cone. With this variety sometimes a contorted mother plant will produce normal chicks and sometimes a...

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Fame Sempervivum

$3.39

Fame is the contorted variety that has reverted back to its normal shape with beautiful, bright coloring. Fame will frequently produce offsets that are contorted or can also become contorted itself. Nicholas Moore (UK), 1962 Foliage Color: Spring -...

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Faramir Sempervivum

$3.39

Faramir has honey pink leaves clusterd around the pale green center. Great Summer & Winter Color.Bettty Z. Bronow (US), 1989 Foliage Color: Spring - Purple-Red; Summer - PinkMature Size: 5" DiameterShipping Size: You'll receive a 1.5"-2" rosette as...

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Fashion Diva Sempervivum

$9.95

If you like bright, dark red Sempervivum you will love this one. It is the height of fashion! The rosette is medium large with long thin and pointed leaves, making for a very distinctive plant. ‘Fashion Diva’ is a seedling from a cross of...

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Fire Dragon Sempervivum calcareum

$3.39

Fire Dragon is a stunning variety. Its bright silvery blue-green leaves are tipped deep crimson. Sempervivum tectorum var. calcareum Fire Dragon will have pink flowers from June to August when it does bloom. Foliage Color: Spring - Green with Dark Red...

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Gay Jester Sempervivum

$3.39

Gay Jester's glossy carmine red leaves are splashed bright green. Fast Grower. Green in summer. Nice red tips in winter.David T. Ford (UK), 1976 Foliage Color: Spring - Red; Summer - Mature Size: 4.5" DiameterShipping Size: You'll receive a 1.5"-2"...

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Grey Dawn Sempervivum

$3.39

Grey Dawn has long, thin olive green leaves infused with ruby pink at the base and leaf tips. Pink in Summer. Foliage Color: Spring - Pink; Summer - Mature Size: 5.5" DiameterShipping Size: You'll receive a 1.5"-2" rosette as well as multiple offsets...

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Heart of Darkness Sempervivum

$9.95

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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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.