Sempervivum tectorum

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 Sempervivum tectorum subsp. var.  Hen and chickens, St Patrick's cabbage, Common Houseleek
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Habit: herbaceous
Height: to
Width: to
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Height: 3 in to 4 in
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Lifespan: perennial
Bloom: early summer, mid summer, late summer
Exposure: sun
Features: flowers
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USDA Zones: 5 to 9
Sunset Zones:
Flower features: blue, purple
Crassulaceae > Sempervivum tectorum var. ,

Sempervivum tectorum (Common Houseleek[1]) is a perennial plant of the genus Sempervivum. It is used as an ornamental plant. It is also known as Hen and chicks,[2] although that name is shared with a variety of related species. It has Leaves in a basal rosette, they are succulent and can be green, red, purple or yellow. The leaves are evergreen.

The flowers can be purple,red or pink depending on the cultivar. They appear on branched stalks.

Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture
Sempervivum Tectorum 'Greenii'

Sempervivum tectorum, Linn. (S. robustum, Jord. & Fourr. S. purpurascens, Schott). Houseleek. Old-man-and-woman. Fig. 3602. Developed barren rosettes 3-4 in. diam., abundantly stoloniferous, the new rosettes crowded and sessile: lvs. 50-60 to a rosette, obovate-cuneate, cuspidate, 1 1/2 – 2 or finally 3 x 5/8-3/4 in., pale green, with a distinct red-brown tip; cauline lvs. oblong-lanceolate, acute: fl.-st. including infl. about 1 ft. high, densely pilose: fls. 11-15- mostly 12-merous, 3/4-l in. across, pale red, in a scorpioid, 10-12-branched panicle 5-6 x 3-4 in.; calyx densely pilose, segms. lanceolate; petals linear, keeled, the keel deeper red. Eu. and Orient. C.L.A. 25, March, p. 54.—Variable. Var. cupreum, Hort., is said to have large rosettes which are glaucous and rose-colored; it flowers rarely. Var. expansum, Hort., is said to have broader lvs. and more open rosettes than the type. Var. pyrenaicum, Hort., is offered in the trade. Var. rubrum, Hort., has been grown in botanic gardens. Var. violaceum, Hort., has been grown in botanic gardens.

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  1. Sempervivum tectorum at USDA PLANTS Database

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