Sempervivum tectorum

Sempervivum tectorum

Crassulaceae Form -native to French and Italian Alps, 2-4 inches in height, stems reaching up to 15 inches Culture -poor to average, well drained soil located in bright shade -once rosette done blooming remove to make room for new plantlets -clumps can be divided or rosette picked off can be planted individually Use -fairly drought resistant, if placed in extremely hot and dry conditions, will begin to shrivel Foliage -wide rosettes of green to blue-green leaves, spread to form clumps up to 2 feet wide -rosettes produce stems with small clusters of red-purple star shaped flowers -rosette dies, replaced by new one Interesting Facts -the 'hen' is the monther plant, once it blooms and dies the new rosette is referred to as the 'chick'