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Sempervivum Chick Charms® Bing Cherry™ (Hens and Chicks)

Hens and Chicks Bing Cherry™, Houseleek Bing Cherry™, Sempervivum 'Aglow', Houseleek 'Aglow', Chick Charms Series


Sempervivum Chick Charms® Bing Cherry™ (Hens and Chicks) is a mat-forming succulent perennial forming attractive, evergreen rosettes, 4-8 in. wide (10-20 cm), of fleshy, bright cherry red leaves that turn rich mahogany in the summer heat. In summer, a thick flowering stalk arises from the center of the hen rosette and bears showy starry, pink flowers. Sempervivums are monocarpic: they die after flowering. However, the mother rosette (Hen) spreads in all directions by horizontal stems to form offsets (chicks). Each offset will develop roots of its own and become independent of the parent plant as the connecting stolon withers. The offsets usually make up for the losses and fill the gaps left by the dead rosettes. Cute, but tough, this Sempervivum is tolerant of drought.

  • Grows up to 2-3 in. tall (5-7 cm) and 12 in. wide (30 cm). Will spread by offsets to form a colony.
  • Easily grown in poor to moderately fertile, well-drained soil with added grit in full sun to light shade. Excellent drainage is required. Protect from excessive winter wet. Drought tolerant.
  • Surprisingly cold hardy, Sempervivums need little maintenance once established, like many cacti and succulents, and will survive near total neglect.
  • Excellent for dry stony places, Sempervivums are great in cracks in dry stone walls, at the front of beds and borders, or as a small area groundcover. They look splendid in rock gardens, scree beds or troughs. Ideal as edging plant or in decorative trough and containers. Best when planted in groups or intermingled in mosaics.
  • Deer and rabbit resistant
  • No serious pest or disease issues. Keep an eye out for rust, vine weevil.
  • Propagate by seed sown in spring (cultivars may not come true), or root offsets in spring.

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Climate Zones 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Cactus - Succulents
Plant Family Sempervivum - Hens & Chicks
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 2" – 3" (5cm – 7cm)
Spread 8" – 1' (20cm – 30cm)
Spacing 6" (15cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Climate Zones 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Cactus - Succulents
Plant Family Sempervivum - Hens & Chicks
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 2" – 3" (5cm – 7cm)
Spread 8" – 1' (20cm – 30cm)
Spacing 6" (15cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage

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