• Sempervivum calcareum
  • Sempervivum calcareum
  • Sempervivum calcareum
  • Sempervivum calcareum

Sempervivum calcareum

Houseleek, House Leek, Hen and Chicks
Size: ex 9cm pots

Availability: In stock

£5.99

Quick Overview

  • Clump-forming succulent rossettes
  • Glaucous-green leaves usually with maroon tips
  • Yellow-eyed pink flowers when mature
  • Ideal on green-roofs, gravel gardens or in dry stone walls
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Description

Sempervivum calcareum, Houseleek, is native to the southwest Alps spanning Italy and France where it grows at elevations of 500-1600 metres above sea level. It is a tough plant in a genus of tough plants, capable of withstanding severe frosts and snow during the winter and extremes of heat during the summer. It will survive for long periods of time without water and in cultivation, the busy gardener will probably never need to water it leaving such maintenance to the the whims of the weather - although it will certainly appreciate a drink during hot summer days and show its appreciation by lusher growth.

Quickly forming a clump of tight rosettes with greyish-green foliage tipped with maroon, Sempervivum calcareum is a gem of a species in an ocean of mediocre cultivars.

Perfect in a terracotta bowl, perched on your green roof, in a gravel garden or in the nooks of a stone wall.

Additional Information

Order Saxifragales
Family Crassulaceae
Sub-Family Sempervivoideae
Synonyms Sempervivum calcaratum
Geographical Origin Europe: Italy, France
Cultivation Well-drained sandy, gravelly soil. A mixture of alkaline soil and grit is ideal. Grows well in rock crevices, on dry stone walls and on roof tiles. Full sun
Eventual Height 3-6cm
Eventual Spread Clump forming: 30-50cm
Hardiness Very hardy - down to -20C

Sempervivum calcareum

Houseleek, House Leek, Hen and Chicks
Size: ex 9cm pots

Availability: In stock

£5.99
You could receive 20 Palm Points for writing a review and/or rating this product.

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