Sempervivum 'Pacific Blue Ice' Hens & Chicks



"Chicks" can be pulled up and replanted almost anywhere

Sempervivum 'Pacific Blue Ice' Hens & Chicks is an herbaceous evergreen perennial, commonly called hens and chicks or houseleek. A mat-forming succulent, 'Pacific Blue Ice' has uniquely cupped and rounded rosettes with an icy blue-green color that becomes rose at the center, especially in cooler weather. 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 its architectural form and extreme versatility create 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, cold hardy, no maintenance plants, 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 'Pacific Blue Ice'
Zone 3 - 8
Habit Prostrate
Plant Height 4 in
Plant Width 8 in
Additional Characteristics Easy Care Plants, Flower, Succulents
Foliage Color Silver/Gray
Light Requirements Full Sun
Moisture Requirements Dry
Resistance Cold Hardy, Deer Resistance, Drought Tolerant, Heat Tolerant
Soil Tolerance Normal,  loamy
Uses Beds, Border, Containers, Fall Color, Ground Cover, Winter Interest
Restrictions *Due to state restrictions we cannot ship to the following:
Virgin Islands, Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico

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