Sempervivum 'Pilioseum' Hens & Chicks

Sempervivum 'Pilioseum' Hens & Chicks
Sempervivum 'Pilioseum' Hens & Chicks

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An evergreen succulent with distinctive 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' Hens & Chicks, an herbaceous evergreen perennial, commonly referred to as hens & chicks or houseleek, shines as a mat-forming succulent with its uniquely beautiful, rounded, semi-loose, medium to large rosettes that create distinctive rose-like clusters. The fleshy leaves, typically gray green, may exhibit varying colors from season to season. Growing as one large rosette (hen), 'Pilioseum' spreads in all directions by sprouting smaller rosettes (chicks) that cluster around it. As a monocarpic plant, the hen naturally succumbs after flowering, paving the way for the chicks to take over and become hens themselves. Easy division is possible at any time by pulling up some of the chicks and replanting them elsewhere.

Hens & chicks serve as excellent structural additions to the garden, offering architectural form and extreme versatility for unique planting opportunities. These succulents thrive when planted in the cracks and crevices of dry stone walls or in rock gardens and are well-suited to xeriscapes and alpine gardens. Massed in small spaces, they create a visually appealing ground cover, and they make attractive container plants, suitable for both indoor and outdoor settings.

Hens & chicks are resilient and adaptable to almost any location. They tolerate cold and require minimal maintenance. While they flourish in hot, sunny spots, some light shade, especially in the afternoon in hot summer climates, can be beneficial. They easily adapt to various soils but prefer average, dry to medium-moist, very well-draining, gritty soils with a slightly acidic pH between 5.8 and 6.5. Drought tolerant, virtually pest and disease free, and resistant to deer and rabbits, hens & chicks thrive in challenging conditions, with the only potential threat being overly wet conditions.

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
Characteristics 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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