Houseleek

Sempervivum spp.

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Sempervivum is a genus with around 33 hardy, evergreen, succulent perennials, also known as Houseleeks and Liveforever. These plants produce short stolons which grow by the soil surface and highly symmetrical rosettes of thick, fleshy foliage which is pointed and oval to strap-shaped. Dramatic, tall, star-shaped blooms with 8-16 petals are produced from rosettes and these are usually white, pink-purple, red or yellow. These species tend to grow across the ground in mats and some species have white hairs. Originating from mountains of Europe and Asia, this genus is native to rocky areas. Plants in this genus grow best in dry, gritty soil and many species and hybrid cultivars are popular garden and houseplants.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Summer

Propagation

Special features

Attractive flowers

Attractive leaves

Special features

Origin

Europe and Asia

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Dry

Soil type

Gravel, Chalk, Loam

Soil PH preference

Neutral, Alkaline, Acid

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Personality

Family

Crassulaceae

Flower colour

Purple, Red, Yellow, White, Pink
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