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Sempervivum Genus

Houseleek

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General Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile, Gritty
  • WaterDry

Description

Sempervivum genus (Houseleek). These are evergreen perennials, which are grown for their symmetrical rosettes of oval to strap-shaped, pointed fleshy leaves. The flowers are star-shaped with 8-16 spreading petals.

Characteristics

Evergreens, Succulents

Other common names

Thunder plant

Origin

Europe, Africa and Asia

Interest and use

Grown for its leaves and flowers. Makes ground covering mats, suitable for rock gardens, screens, walls, banks and alpine houses.

Cultivation

They are fully hardy and you can plant in full sun in a gravelly very well-drained soil. They take several years to reach flowering size. Rosettes die after flowering but leave numerous offsets.

Propagation

Propagation is by offsets in the summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

May suffer from rust

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