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Sempervivum calcareum/Hen and Chicks, Houseleek

Sempervivum calcareum / Sempervivum calcareum
Rosettes of foliage growing in a rock garden at the Zurich, Switzerland Botanical Garden
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Rosettes of foliage growing in a rock garden at the Zurich, Switzerland Botanical Garden

A small colony of plants growing among stones

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Scientific Name: Sempervivum calcareum
Common Name: Hen and Chicks, Houseleek
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: Under 1 foot
Spread: to 1 foot
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Dry
Rate of Growth: Slow
Water Requirement: Low
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
No
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Comments: Succulent plants are well adapted to alpine and rock gardens because they tolerate dry soils quite well. They also make excellent container plants. Grow succulents in fast-drained soil and provide full sunlight for most of the day. This succulent produces rosettes of closely arranged thick, glossy leaves. They dry up after flowering. Propagation is normally by separating the offsets of larger, mature plants.