Sempervivum | Also known as: Liveforever, Hens And Chicks | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

Houseleeks are at home in the rock garden.

Garden plants of the Sempervivum genus are amongst the most peculiar to have, but they are also amongst the most spectacular, especially in terms of colour. A great choice for groundcover, the foliage itself generally comprises succulent leaves in rosettes and can be green, purple, rosy pink or copper red. Some cultivars can also have fine hairs growing over their rosettes. Clusters of star-shaped flowers emerge in summer, also in a variety of bright colours. Known as Houseleeks, Sempervivums produce flowers that bloom on thick stems grown from each rosette centre. It thrives in well-drained, slightly alkaline soil and love locations in full sun.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 0.15
Spread [m]
  • 0.25
Dominant flower colour
  • Pink
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Mid spring
  • Late spring
  • Early summer
  • Mid summer
  • Late summer
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Foliage in winter
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • offsets
Growth habit
  • Cushion-forming
  • Rosette
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z3-9
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -40 - -1
  • well-drained
Soil type
  • sandy
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Exposed
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Cacti & succulents
  • Succulents
Grown for
  • Ornamental Foliage
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • For Beginners
  • For every season
  • Tough survivors
Garden type
  • Indoor or winter garden
  • Cottage garden
  • Rock garden
  • Containers
Garden spaces
  • Flower beds
  • Walls, trellises and pergolas
  • Ground cover
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • up to 10 years