More Information About Sempervivum
Plants in the genus Sempervivum are alpine succulents, hailing from Central Europe south through the Mediterranean, growing at cool, dry altitudes up to 8,000' elevation. For this reason, sempervivum species are generally not thrilled to grow in the hot, muggy Southeast US. We have trialed dozens of sempervivum selections and are very pleased to offer some of those that have performed the best in our area.
Hens and Chicks are quite drought tolerant. Good drainage is essential when the summer rains arrive to keep your sempervivum alive, although winter rains don't seem to cause a problem. Plant your sempervivum in a raised bed, with soil amended to help it drain quickly (PermaTill® or pea gravel, etc.). Sempervivum are small plants, and in order to enjoy them, they need to be planted alone or among other low growing plants. The flowers are small, but attract butterflies to the garden.
When sempervivum is happy, it produces stolons that grow outward a short distance from the mother plant and sprout "chicks" or offsets. Sempervivum chicks can be detached from the mother plant and rooted as new plants or left in place to form a beautiful, slowly spreading succulent mat. Sempervivum plants come in a variety of colors and may change color throughout the season to include shades of green, silver, burgundy, and purple. When you are ready to buy sempervivum for your perennial rock garden, check out our online offering of sempervivum for sale.