Hens & Chicks Sempervivum

6 Assorted No ID Sempervivum

$20.94 $18.99

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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Sobolifera Jovibarba globiferum

$4.29

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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Prairie Sunset Sempervivum

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Prairie Sunset captures brilliant colors of a stunning sunset. Golden green blends to crimson on this loose rosette .Kevin Vaughn (US), 1976 Also sold as Chick Charms® Plum Parfait™ Foliage Color: Spring - Yellow-Green with Red Tips; Summer - Green with...

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Killer Sempervivum

$4.29

Killer is just that, a killer variety. A fairly recent introduction from Europe, Sempervivum Killer is a breathtaking mixture of black, red, green and gold throughout the year.Volkmar Schara (DE) Germany, 2004 Also sold as Chick Charms® Cranberry...

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Pluto Sempervivum

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Pluto is a large, soft, satin green rosette with purple/red tips. It's part of the Planets Series of sempervivum.Ed Skrocki, (US) United States, 1972 or 1975 Foliage Color: Spring - Apple Green with Purple Tips; Summer - Green Mature Size: 5" Diameter...

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No ID Sempervivum

$3.49

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

$51.48 $43.99

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

$42.90 $36.99

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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Col de Turini Jovibarba globiferum

$4.29

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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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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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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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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Tordeur's Memory Sempervivum

$4.29

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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Topaz Sempervivum

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Topaz is a soft grey-red semp with dark purple tips and nice watermarking.Goos and Koenemann, (DE) Germany, 1937 Foliage Color: Spring - Purple; Summer - LilacMature Size: 2-3" DiameterShipping Size: You'll receive a 1.5"-2" rosette as well as multiple...

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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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Terracotta Baby Sempervivum

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Terracotta Baby's thin leaves are darkest red in the spring time and slowly give way to a light green color by fall. A light covering of white fuzz helps to further accentuate the beautiful coloring. André Smits, (BE) Belgium, 1994Foliage Color: Spring -...

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Smit's Seedling Sempervivum arachnoideum

$4.29

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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Slabber's Seedling Sempervivum

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This gorgeously formed rossette has an interesting rosy coloring. Light watermarking at the leaf tips add to the intrigue of Slabber's Seedling.Slabber, (NL) The Netherlands, 1986Foliage Color: Spring - Gray-Lilac; Summer - Pinkish-BrownMature Size: 4"...

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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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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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Shirley's Joy Sempervivum

$4.29

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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Sharon's Pencil Sempervivum

$4.29

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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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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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), 1981 Foliage Color: Spring - Green with Purple Tips; Summer - Green with Red Tips Mature Size: 3.5" Diameter Shipping Size: You'll receive...

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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.