Sempervivum 'Killer' Hens & Chicks



A bright and fun take on succulents

Sempervivum 'Killer' is an herbaceous evergreen perennial, commonly called hens and chicks or houseleek. A mat-forming succulent, 'Killer' has large 5-inch symmetrical rosettes with maroon centers that transition to green tips. It grows as one large rosette (hen) and spreads in all directions by sprouting smaller rosettes (chicks) that cluster around it. A monocarpic plant, the hen naturally dies after flowering, allowing the chicks to take over and become hens themselves. Plants can be divided easily at any time by pulling up some of the chicks and replanting them elsewhere.

Hens and chicks are excellent structural plants for the garden, and their architectural form and extreme versatility creates unusual planting opportunities. These succulents are particularly effective planted in the cracks and crevices of dry stone walls or of rock gardens and are well-suited to xeriscapes and alpine gardens. They create a nice ground cover when massed in small spaces, and they are also attractive container plants, indoors or out.

Adaptable, hardy, and easy care, hens and chicks grow almost anywhere. The plants grow well in a hot, sunny location but may benefit from some light shade, especially in the afternoon in hot summer climates. They adapt to a variety of soils but prefer average, dry to medium moist, very well-draining gritty soils having a slightly acidic pH (5.8-6.5). Hens and chicks are drought tolerant, virtually pest and disease free, and deer and rabbits resistant. About the only thing that can destroy these plants is wet feet.


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Genus Sempervivum
Species hybrid
Variety 'Killer'
Zone 4 - 9
Bloom Start to End Late Summer - Early Fall
Plant Height 2 in - 3 in
Plant Width 12 in
Bloom Size 5 in - 6 in
Additional Characteristics Easy Care Plants, Flower, Succulents
Bloom Color Gold, Light Green, Light Red
Foliage Color Dark Green, Light Green
Light Requirements Full Sun
Resistance Deer Resistance, Drought Tolerant
Uses Containers, Foliage Interest, Houseplant
Restrictions *Due to state restrictions we cannot ship to the following:
Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

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