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Sempervivum 'Pilioseum'

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Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
 Common Name: Hen & Chicks
Common Name (Alternative): Houseleek

'Pilioseum' forms medium to large rosettes of grey-green leaves. This color may vary from season to season. These rosettes have a rounded, semi-loose form.

Sempervivum is comprised of one large rosette called the "hen" which sprouts many smaller rosettes around it called "chicks". As the plants age, the "hen" may die out and be replaced by the "chicks". Plants can be divided easily at any time by pulling up some of the "chicks" and replanting them elsewhere.

This plant is particularly effective when planted in the cracks and crevices of stone walls or walkways. It is also very attractive in containers.

Origin: Not Native to North America

Characteristics:



Height:
  3-4 Inches
Spread:
  6-8 Inches
Foliage Color:
  Green shades
Hardiness Zone:
3,4,5,6,7,8
Find Your Zone
Sun or Shade?:
  Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
  Low water needs
Need critter resistant plants?:
  Deer resistant
  Rabbit resistant
How fast should it grow?:
  Slow
When should it bloom?:
  Midsummer
Looking for seasonal interest?:
  Evergreen (in some or all zones)
How's your soil?:
  Poor Soil
  Average Soil
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
  Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
  Alkaline Soil (pH > 7.0)
What's your garden style?:
  Container/Patio
  Rock Garden
  Eclectic

Attributes:

Border plants
Container
Drought Tolerant
Evergreen
Ground cover
Salt Tolerant
Small / Miniature
Easy to grow

Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Sempervivum is the perfect plant for hot, dry, sunny locations with very well-drained soil. Though they can adapt to a variety of soil types, they perform best in gritty soil. If a groundcover effect is desired, space plants close together because they grow slowly.


Companions:

Common/Botanical Name
Zones  
Sedum 'Autumn Joy' ('Herbstfreude')
Common Name: Stonecrop-Autumn
3,4,5,6,7,8,9
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Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Little Bunny'
Common Name: Grass-Ornamental
5,6,7,8,9
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Thymus praecox 'Coccineus'
Common Name: Thyme-Red Creeping
3,4,5,6,7,8
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Dianthus FRUIT PUNCH® 'Coconut Punch' PP21876
Common Name: Pinks
4,5,6,7,8,9
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Fun Facts:

The name Sempervivum means "live forever".

While every effort has been made to describe this plant accurately, please keep in mind that the height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates throughout the country. The description of this plant was written based on our experience growing it in Michigan (USDA hardiness zone 5) and on numerous outside resources.