Almost everyone know Hens and Chicks. Sempervivum are known to grow in holes in rocks or at the edge of a sunny garden. They have thick, fleshy leaves that form a tight rosette. The flower erupts from the centre of the rosette and often small plants develop around the base of the 'hen' rosette - the chicks. The small plants may roll about and find a new home a few inches away which leads to its popularity in tough spots. Sometimes the centre 'hen' will die, but the colony keeps developing. A happy, old established planting of Sempervivum is a sight to behold. Breeders have found different leaf colour, shape and different flower colours. 'Peggy' has leaves that change from spring purple, to deep red, then autumn mahogany brown. More variety to add to the tough, droughty landscape!
Bloom time July-August
Hardiness Zone 3