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Sempervivum ‘Red Beauty’ (Hens and Chicks)

Hens and Chicks 'Red Beauty', Houseleek 'Red Beauty'

Sempervivum 'Red Beauty, Hens and Chicks 'Red Beauty', Houseleek 'Red Beauty', succulent, evergreen succulent, Red Succulent, drought tolerant perennial, drought tolerant plant
Sempervivum 'Red Beauty, Hens and Chicks 'Red Beauty', Houseleek 'Red Beauty', succulent, evergreen succulent, Red Succulent, drought tolerant perennial, drought tolerant plant
Sempervivum 'Red Beauty, Hens and Chicks 'Red Beauty', Houseleek 'Red Beauty', succulent, evergreen succulent, Red Succulent, drought tolerant perennial, drought tolerant plant

Sempervivum ‘Red Beauty’ (Hens & Chicks) is a mat-forming succulent perennial forming attractive, evergreen rosettes of fleshy, gray-green leaves adorned with blood-red tips. The color may vary from season to season. 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. 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 offsets they produce usually make up for the losses and fill the gaps left by the dead rosettes.

  • Grows up to 3-4 in. tall (7-10 cm) and 6-8 in. wide (15-20 cm). Will spread by offsets to form colonies
  • Easily grown in average, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun. Tolerates poor soils and thrives in sandy or gravelly soils. Excellent drainage is required. 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, succulent gardens, or Mediterranean gardens. Ideal as an edging plant or in decorative troughs and containers! Best when planted in groups or intermingled in mosaics.
  • Deer and rabbit resistant
  • Virtually pest and disease free. Watch for rust, leaf rot, and root rot
  • Propagate by offsets in spring
  • Native to Southern Europe and Western Asia.

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, Perennials
Plant Family Crassulaceae
Genus Sempervivum
Common names Hens and Chicks, Sempervivum
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 3" - 4"
(8cm - 10cm)
Spread 6" - 8"
(15cm - 20cm)
Spacing 6" - 8"
(15cm - 20cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Rabbit, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Bees, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Edging, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden
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Sempervivum ‘Peggy’ (Hens and Chicks)
Sempervivum Chick Charms® Cranberry Cocktail™ (Hens and Chicks)
Sempervivum Chick Charms® Cinnamon Starburst™ (Hens and Chicks)

Recommended Companion Plants

Artemisia schmidtiana ‘Nana’ (Wormwood)
Armeria maritima (Sea Thrift)
Lewisia cotyledon (Siskiyou Lewisia)
Echeveria

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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, Perennials
Plant Family Crassulaceae
Genus Sempervivum
Common names Hens and Chicks, Sempervivum
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 3" - 4"
(8cm - 10cm)
Spread 6" - 8"
(15cm - 20cm)
Spacing 6" - 8"
(15cm - 20cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Rabbit, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Bees, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Edging, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden
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