Hens & Chicks Sempervivum

Rhone Sempervivum

$3.39

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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Rubikon Sempervivum

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Rubikon is a striking variety with bright ruby red rosettes. During summer the the interior of the leaf turns green while the edge and tip remains red.Ed Skrocki, (US) United States, 1974 Foliage Color: Spring - Dark Red; Summer - Burnt Red Mature Size:...

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Rubrum Sempervivum arachnoideum

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Rubrum is a mini variety that grows in nice clumps that flush red in spring. A great variety for rock gardens. Foliage Color: Spring - Green flushed Red with heavy Cobweb; Summer - Green with heavy Cobweb Mature Size: 1" Diameter Shipping...

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Ruby Heart Sempervivum

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Deep red coloring brightens the heart of each blue-green rosette. This medium sized, semi-open variety is a must for every garden.Kevin C. Vaughn, (US) United States, 1969 Foliage Color: Spring - Green with Red Center; Summer - GreenMature Size: 3"...

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Santino Sempervivum

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Santino's sleek glossy green leaves are ablaze with deep red-violet. Nice dark tips in winter.Martin Haberer (DE), 1981Foliage Color: Spring - Green with Purple Tips; Summer - Green with Red TipsMature Size: 3.5" DiameterShipping Size: You'll receive a...

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Saturn Sempervivum

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Saturn is a variety that appears to have just as many rings as the planet. When growing quickly in spring Saturn turns a yellow-green color with dark red leaf ends. When slightly stressed they plant turns deep red with beautiful watermarks.Ed Skrocki...

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Sharon's Pencil Sempervivum

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Vivid green rosettes are highlighted by sharp, red leaf tips. In high school with a hectic schedule, Kevin Vaughn often borrowed a pencil from his classmate, Sharon. He was thinking of a name for his latest variety while using Sharon's pencil, hence the...

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Shirley's Joy Sempervivum

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Shirley's Joy has light green leaves tufted with hairs. Ends dipped in deep red. Extra heavy Spring cilia. Green in summer.Nicholas Moore (UK), 1954 Foliage Color: Spring - Green with Red Tips and White Fuzz; Summer - Green with White FuzzMature Size: ...

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Silver King Sempervivum

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Silver King gives you a nice mix of green and red on a really big rosette. Foliage Color: Spring - Red & Green; Summer - Green with Red-Orange Outer LeavesMature Size: 5.5" DiameterShipping Size: You'll receive a 1.5"-2" rosette as well as multiple...

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Silver Thaw Sempervivum

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Silver Thaw's pink shaded green leaves are frosted with thick cilia on young plants.Mina Colvin (US), 1973 Foliage Color: Spring - Red with White Fuzz; Summer - Green with White FuzzMature Size: 3" DiameterShipping Size: You'll receive a 1.5"-2" rosette...

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Smit's Seedling Sempervivum arachnoideum

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Smit's Seedling is an Arachnoideum species. It has tightly formed russet leaves tipped with gray-green and is covered in heavy cob-webbing. Holds Color.Gustaaf Van Der Steen (BE), 1977 Foliage Color: Spring - Green; Summer - Blue-Green with Red...

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Sobolifera Jovibarba globiferum

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Jovibarba sobolifera, also known as Jovibarba globiferum, are small, bright green rollers. The chicks are tiny red balls that sit on top of the mother plant. Foliage Color: Spring - Green with Red Tips; Summer - Green Mature Size: 2.5" Diameter Shipping...

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Soothsayer Sempervivum

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Small green rosettes have a nice fringe of cilia and a deep red heart. Their red offsets seem to glimmer with a fine white coating.Kevin C. Vaughn, (US) United States, 1969 Foliage Color: Spring - Red & Green with White Fringe; Summer - Green with White...

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Stuffed Olive Sempervivum

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Stuffed Olive is a kaleidoscope of color. Bright greens and reds mix on this medium sized rosette. Kevin hybridized this variety to tease the well known Sempervivum hybridizer, Ed Skrocki. Ed send Kevin a semp variety that he hadn't even introduced yet...

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Summer Wine Sempervivum

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Summer Wine has classic sempervivum coloring. The dark tipped rosettes display their best coloring in winter and turn green in summer. Ben J. M. Zonneveld (NL), 1988 Foliage Color: Spring - Green & Red; Summer - GreenMature Size: 5.5" DiameterShipping...

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Thunder Sempervivum

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Thunder is the dark, subdued coloring of a thunderstorm at sunset. It forms gray-green rosettes with just a touch of pink. The rose coloring becomes more predominant in the winter.Ed Skrocki (US), 1989 Foliage Color: Spring - Soft Pink; Summer -...

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Tomentosum Sempervivum arachnoideum

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Tomentosum is an Arachnoideum species from the French Alps. Very heavy white webbing and a good producer of offsets. Foliage Color: Spring - Red with White Cobweb; Summer - Green with White CobwebMature Size: 1.5" DiameterShipping Size: You'll receive a...

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Tordeur's Memory Sempervivum

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Tordeur's Memory has glossy, narrow crimson leaves.Gustaaf Van Der Steen (BE), 1975 Foliage Color: Spring - Red; Summer - GreenMature Size: 4" DiameterShipping Size: You'll receive a 1.5"-2" rosette as well as multiple offsets. All plants are shipped...

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Utopian Sempervivum

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Utopian sempervivum variety has long, thin, deep maroon leaves outlined with white hairs. Foliage Color: Spring - Red; Summer - GreenMature Size: 4.5" DiameterShipping Size: You'll receive a 1.5"-2" rosette as well as multiple offsets. All plants are...

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Val Miniera Sempervivum arachnoideum

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Val Miniera is an Arachnoideum species. Green tips on dark red leaves, all covered with a generous frosting of white hairs. Green in Summer. Foliage Color: Spring - Red with White Cobweb; Summer - Green with White CobwebMature Size: 2.5"...

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Watermelon Rind Sempervivum

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This large, gray-green rosette is tipped red. Watermelon Rind form large, perfectly formed rosettes.Kevin C. Vaughn, (US) United States, 1977 Foliage Color: Spring - Gray-Green with Red Tips; Summer - Gray-GreenMature Size: 4" DiameterShipping Size:...

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Whirligig Sempervivum

$4.99

Whirl-i-gig twists and twirls. You never know which way its leaves will go. This interesting and very distinct variety has red leaves with a soft covering of hair. Whirligig typically stays fairly small.Shirley Rempel (US), 1976 Foliage Color: Spring -...

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Zorba Sempervivum

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Zorba is a tight mound of upward pointing olive-green leaves flushed rose.Gaston Wuyts (BE), 1991 Foliage Color: Spring - Gray-Green with Purple Tips; Summer - GreenMature Size: 2.5" DiameterShipping Size: You'll receive a 1.5"-2" rosette as well as...

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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.