Sempervivum 'Pilioseum' Hens & Chicks

Sempervivum 'Pilioseum' Hens & Chicks

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Cold Hardy to Zone 3 | Unique rose-like clusters
SKU 29680
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Key Characteristics

3 - 8

Mature Height

4 IN

Mature Width

8 IN

Sun / Shade

Full Sun

Moisture Level


Soil Type

Normal, loamy

Description / Sempervivum 'Pilioseum' Hens & Chicks

Sempervivum 'Pilioseum' is an herbaceous evergreen perennial, commonly called hens & chicks or houseleek. A mat-forming succulent, 'Pilioseum' has beautiful rounded, semi-loose, medium to large rosettes that form unique rose-like clusters. The fleshy leaves are typically gray green, but the color may vary from season to season. 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, cold hardy, no maintenance plants, hens & chicks grow almost anywhere. They grow well in hot, sunny locations 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 having wet feet.

Product Details

Item Form Bareroot
Genus Sempervivum
Species hybrid
Variety 'Pilioseum'
Product Classification Perennials
Habit Prostrate
USDA Zone Low 3
USDA Zone High 8
Sun / Shade Full Sun
Foliage Color Medium Green
Resistance Cold Hardy, Deer Resistance, Drought Tolerant, Heat Tolerant
Special Features Easy Care Plants, Flower, Succulents
Uses Beds, Border, Containers, Fall Color, Ground Cover, Winter Interest
Zone 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
State Shipping Restrictions GU, PR, VI

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