Hens & Chicks Sempervivum

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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Leneca Sempervivum

$3.39

Leneca has satin red leaves with a slight hint of green at the tips. Chicks grow on bright red stolons. Holds Color. Foliage Color: Spring - Red with White Fuzz; Summer - Green with White Fuzz and Burnt Red Outer LeavesMature Size: 4" DiameterShipping...

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Limelight Sempervivum calcareum

$3.39

Collected in the French Alps, this lime green calcareum variety has dark tips in the spring. Limelight forms tight rosettes with lots of thick, smooth leaves.Named by MARY and PETER J. MITCHELL (UK), 1980Foliage Color: Spring - Bright Green; Summer -...

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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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Marshall Sempervivum

$3.39

Marshall is a lovely bi-color variety. Bright reds and greens mix perfectly in this large rosette. Kevin Vaughn named this one after a high school friend.Kevin C. Vaughn, (US) United States, 1978 Foliage Color: Spring - Red Center with Green Tips; Summer...

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Melanie Sempervivum

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Melanie's soft green leaves dipped in red peal away from the center in concentric circles.Martin Haberer (DE), 1978 Foliage Color: Spring - Green with Red Tips; Summer - Green with Red TipsMature Size: 4" DiameterShipping Size: You'll receive a 1.5"-2"...

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Midas Sempervivum

$3.39

Thick, round, fuzzy leaves shooting upward give 'Midas' a very distinctive look that's sure to stand out in your garden. This semp is a bright green except in the spring when the leaf tips turn crimson. Foliage Color: Spring - Green; Summer - ...

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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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Novak Sempervivum

$3.39

Novak has rich maroon pointed leaves. Red heart on new growth.André Smits (BE), 1996 Foliage Color: Spring - Red with White Tufts; Summer - Green with Red Outer Leaves and White TuftsMature Size: 2" DiameterShipping Size: You'll receive a 1.5"-2"...

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Ohio Burgundy Sempervivum

$3.39

Ohio Burgundy displays outstanding deep burgundy leaves with the texture of velvet. Green in Summer. Nice purple in winter.Ed Skrocki (US), 1972 Foliage Color: Spring - Silver-Burgundy; Summer - Silver-Green Mature Size: 5" Diameter Shipping Size: You'll...

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Pacific Feather Power Sempervivum

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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

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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

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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 Beauty Sempervivum

$3.39

Red Beauty is just that. In the spring the leaves are apricot-red with dark red tips. In the summer Red Beauty's vivid leaf coloring fades to a soft lavendar blush.André Smits (BE), 1997 Foliage Color: Spring - Red; Summer - RedMature Size: 4.5"...

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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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Red Lion Sempervivum

$3.39

Red Lion's rich red leaves have light water marks and green tips. Holds Color.André Smits (BE), 1994 Foliage Color: Spring - Red; Summer - Pinkish RedMature Size: 5" DiameterShipping Size: You'll receive a 1.5"-2" rosette as well as multiple offsets...

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Red Wings Sempervivum arachnoideum

$3.39

Red Wings is an arachnoideum species. Its red leaves are tipped with green and tufts of white hairs. Fast Grower. Great Summer & Winter Color.David T. Ford (UK), 1972 Foliage Color: Spring - Red with White Tufts; Summer - Green with Pale Red...

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Rhone Sempervivum

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Rhone's green leaves are splotched and backed with violet-red. Leaves edged with frosty-white hairs. Fast Grower. Nice dark red tips in winter.Jakob Eschmann (CH), 1965 Foliage Color: Spring - Red; Summer - Red & GreenMature Size: 4.5" DiameterShipping...

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Roasted Chestnut Sempervivum

$6.99

'Roasted Chestnut' is a medium sized plant of bright green with the upper half of each leaf turning a brilliant chestnut red-brown in spring. An easy grower that makes a very solid plant that increases easily and takes all sorts of weather and is a real...

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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.