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Hens and chicks is part of the Sempervivum genus and its scientific name is Sempervivum.

It is a succulent and is treated mainly as an evergreen, so it retains its leaves throughout the year.

Normally grows with a mat-forming habit.

Popular varieties of Hens and chicks with home gardeners are Sempervivum calcareum, Red heart, Mixed, Oddity and Jade rose.

Hens and chicks is great for inexperienced gardeners and those that like low maintainance gardens.

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Hens and chicks have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Hens and chicks

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Remember to water Hens and chicks very sparingly. Keep in mind when planting that Hens and chicks is thought of as hardy, so this plant will survive close to or on freezing temperatures.

See our list of companion Plants for Hens and chicks to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Hens and chicks from seed

Transplanting Hens and chicks

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Hens and chicks is a hardy plant.

How long does Hens and chicks take to grow?

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Hens and chicks Folklore & Trivia

It is said that it is good against thunderstorms and lightning if planted on the roof. Sempervivum and Sedum are considered Old World Treasures and are associated with mythology. During early centuries in Scandinavian countries, they were called Thor’s Helper and were believed to drive off demons and guard homes if planted on roofs.

Other names for Hens and chicks


Misspellings: Hens-and-chickens, Hens and chickens, Hens & Chickens, Hen & Chickens, Hen-and-chickens, Hen & Chicks, Hens & Chickens, Sempervirum

Latest Hens and chicks Reviews

  • These plants grow very, very slowly. I have several of them in containers. Some in the house on the windowsill.

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    Kevalsha about growing Sempervivum
  • I have several plants that are doing very well. They were grown from seeds so they have come a long way. I like them a lot.

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    Kevalsha about growing Sempervivum
  • Still learning about this one! Mine seem to not like the hot weather!

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    DocCooper about growing Sempervivum tectorum (Hens and Chicks)

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