Sempervivum 'Killer' Hens & Chicks

Sempervivum 'Killer' Hens & Chicks

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Extremely versatile succulents—low-maintenance and vigorous
SKU v2596
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Key Characteristics
Zone

4 - 9

Mature Height

3 IN

Mature Width

8 IN

Sun / Shade

Full Sun

Description / Sempervivum 'Killer' Hens & Chicks

Sempervivum 'Killer' is an herbaceous evergreen perennial, commonly called hens & chicks or houseleek. A mat-forming succulent, 'Killer' has large 5-inch symmetrical rosettes with maroon centers that transition to green tips. It grows as one large rosette (hen) and spreads in all directions by sprouting smaller rosettes (chicks) that cluster around it. A monocarpic plant, the hen naturally dies after flowering, allowing the chicks to take over and become hens themselves. Plants can be divided easily at any time by pulling up some of the chicks and replanting them elsewhere.

Hens & chicks are excellent structural plants for the garden, and their architectural form and extreme versatility creates unusual planting opportunities. These succulents are particularly effective planted in the cracks and crevices of dry stone walls or of rock gardens and are well-suited to xeriscapes and alpine gardens. They create a nice ground cover when massed in small spaces, and they are also attractive container plants, indoors or out.

Adaptable, hardy, and easy care, hens & chicks grow almost anywhere. The plants grow well in a hot, sunny location but may benefit from some light shade, especially in the afternoon in hot summer climates. They adapt to a variety of soils but prefer average, dry to medium moist, very well-draining gritty soils having a slightly acidic pH (5.8-6.5). Hens & chicks are drought tolerant, virtually pest and disease free, and deer and rabbits resistant. About the only thing that can destroy these plants is wet feet.

Product Details

Genus Sempervivum
Species hybrid
Variety 'Killer'
Product Classification Perennials
USDA Zone Low 4
USDA Zone High 9
Sun / Shade Full Sun
Bloom Color Gold, Green, Red
Max Bloom Size 6.00
Bloom Season Start Late Summer
Bloom Season End Early Fall
Foliage Color Dark Green, Light Green
Resistance Deer Resistance, Drought Tolerant
Special Features Easy Care Plants, Flower, Succulents
Uses Containers, Foliage Interest, Ground Cover, Houseplant
Zone 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

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