Hens & Chicks Sempervivum

6 Assorted No ID Sempervivum

$16.99

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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Reinhardt Sempervivum

$3.79

Reinhardt is a wonderful dark tipped variety. This smaller rosette retains it's nice colors throughout most of the year (dark tips will fade in the hottest part of summer). Flowers bloom yellow pink.Martin Haberer, (DE) Germany, 1979 Foliage Color:...

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No ID Sempervivum

$2.99

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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12 Semp & Sedum Collection

$46.08 $36.99

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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10 Sempervivum Collection

$37.90 $29.95

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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Col de Turini Jovibarba globiferum

$3.79

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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Angel Wings Jovibarba heuffelii

$3.79

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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Weirdo Sempervivum

$3.79

Weirdo doesn't behave like a typical sempervivum. Sometimes the leaves are flat and normal, and other times they are tubular like Oddity. The rosettes don't always have a center and can produce chicks on runners, or attached to the main rosette like a...

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Tordeur's Memory Sempervivum

$3.79

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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Silver King Sempervivum

$3.79

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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Shirley's Joy Sempervivum

$3.79

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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Red Wings Sempervivum arachnoideum

$3.79

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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Red Heart Sempervivum

$3.79

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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Piliferum Sempervivum

$3.79

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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Pacific Shadows Sempervivum

$3.79

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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Pacific Rim Sempervivum

$3.79

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 Feather Power Sempervivum

$3.79

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 Devil's Food Sempervivum

$3.79

Pacific Devil's Food sports deep shades of red like a ball of flickering fire. Great Summer & Winter Color.Gary Gossett (US), 1992 Foliage Color: Spring - Dark Red; Summer - Burnt RedMature Size: 5.5" DiameterShipping Size: You'll receive a 1.5"-2"...

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Novak Sempervivum

$3.79

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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Melanie Sempervivum

$3.79

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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Lively Bug Sempervivum

$3.79

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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Leneca Sempervivum

$3.79

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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Larissa Sempervivum

$3.79

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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Fame Sempervivum

$3.79

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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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.