Sempervivum 'Allionii' Description
Its name (Sempervivum globiferum ssp. Allionii) may be a mouthful, but don't let that stop you. This delightful little succulent is irresistible! Rosettes of succulent light green foliage bring a cheery bright green color and a touchable velvety texture to the garden. So easy to grow and enjoy!
Plant Allionii (pronounced al-ee-oh-nee-eye) hens and chicks in any sunny, dry spot. It will soon form a colony of neat rosettes! The larger "hens" will form dozens of little "chicks"...as it matures, you get a mix of different sizes of plants that provides unmatched visual appeal.
Hens and chicks are comprised of one large "hen" that typically grows 2-3" tall. They quickly form smaller rosettes around it called "chicks" which can be plucked off. As the hen ages, it often dies out and is replaced by the chicks. In summer, upright flower stalks rise as much as 12 inches above the foliage.
Hens and chicks are happy with neglect! Save your time and energy for other plants and just enjoy these sun-loving, drought tolerant, hardy succulents.
Special features: Cold hardy, Deer resistant, Drought tolerant, Easy care, Evergreen, Fast growing, Heat tolerant, Multi-seasonal interest, Winter interest
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- Botanical name:
Sempervivum globiferum subsp. Allionii
- Common name:
Hen and chicks, Sempervivum, Houseleek
- Sun exposure:
Sun to light shade
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- Height x width:
1-2" x 12"
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- Bloom season:
Alpine & rock, Container gardening, Edging, Ground cover, Rock garden, Small spaces, Under planting
- Cannot ship to:
AK, CAN, HI, PR
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Soil: Very well-drained, even dry, soil is imperative for success with hens and chicks. Nothing will do them in faster than soggy conditions, so plant only in soils that are never wet for any lengthy period of time. Little volume of soil is needed; sempervivum will grow in rocky crevices, cracks, walls, between paving stones, and in shallow containers.
Light: Full sun - at least 6 hours/day - is recommended. Very light shade may be okay in hot climates.
Water: Immediately after transplanting, water generously. After that let the soil dry out between watering. Once established, sempervivum is very drought tolerant, requiring little to no supplemental watering.
Spacing: 6" - 12" to start - plants will soon fill in and knit together.
Fertilizing: None needed.
Winterizing: No special care needed.
Maintenance & pruning: Once a hen plant produces a chick, that chick will begin creating its own chicks the following year. Large hen plants eventually grow a tall flower stalk and die after blooming. However, this is no cause for concern as by the time it does this, it will have left behind a large colony of chicks to take its place. Cutting off the center stalk will not prevent the plant from dying. Chicks can be left in place or plucked out and relocated to expand your display.
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