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

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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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Circus Sempervivum

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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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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

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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 Sempervivum

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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

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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

$6.99

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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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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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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Hedge Hog Jovibarba hirta

$3.39

Hedge Hog's spiky leaves are tipped and backed with burgundy red. This variety of hen and chick roller can be tiny but will mature at several inches in diameter. Foliage Color: Spring - Green with Red Tips; Summer - Green Mature Size: 3" Diameter...

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Helveticum Sempervivum

$3.39

Helveticum is a bright spring green with deep red tips. It produces lots of offsets and is the quintessential hen and chick in the spring when it is ringed by baby plants. Foliage Color: Spring - Green with Red Tips; Summer - Green with Red TipsMature...

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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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Holly Jolly Sempervivum

$9.95

Holly Jolly is a beautiful mixture of colors. In the cooler temperatures of winter and early spring, it displays strong watermarks over deep purple leaves. With warmer weather Holly Jolly's festive, mixed red and green colors become bright.Kevin C...

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Icicle Sempervivum

$3.39

Icicle is an eye-catching red variety covered in white hair. Center green in Summer. Foliage Color: Spring - Red with White Fuzz; Summer - Green with White Fuzz and Red Outer LeavesMature Size: 2.5" DiameterShipping Size: You'll receive a 1.5"-2"...

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Jubilee Sempervivum

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Jubilee is a celebration of ever changing colors. This arachnoideum (cobwebbed) variety changes dramatically throughout the year. Depending on the season it may be light green, green & amber, or light bronze & green. During the summer, if the...

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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.