Sempervivum

(Note:  All pictures may be enlarged by clicking on them once or twice.)

My mother had sempervivum in her flower garden when I was growing up. Of course, back then I didn’t know they were sempervivum — she always called them ‘Hens and Chickens’ since the mature plant was surrounded by smaller, younger plants.

My Beautiful Bride and I discovered sempervivum when we moved to the Glade and had many rocky spots where nothing but weeds seemed to thrive. Sempervivum thrived there as well, and so we planted some around your yard.

Sempervivum get their name — ‘always alive’ — because they survive all seasons. Even when everything else in our yard has turned brown in winter, the sempervivum are still colorful.

We’ve been surprised at the wide variety of shapes and colors in the sempervivum. That makes it hard to pick a favorite.

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10 Responses to “Sempervivum”

  1. Betsy Adams Says:

    We have loved our Semps for many years –and have definitely enjoyed all of the shapes, sizes and colors… Great set of pictures…

    Love,
    Wifey

  2. Dayphoto Says:

    I’m a huge fan of hen and chicks…love yours!

  3. Ginny Hartzler Says:

    I may have to get some! These pictures of them look like they would be so gorgeous as a pattern for fabric!

  4. rhiebert Says:

    Gorgeous! I only wish they would like my yard as much as they like yours.

  5. Linda G. Says:

    Wow. Very nice…each one different from the other.

  6. SUZ Says:

    I think they’re such pretty plants!!

  7. diane Says:

    I didn’t realise that there were different varieties. They are such a hardy plant

  8. Sartenada Says:

    Hello George.

    Very beautiful photos of Sempervivum. We had it in our small garden when we lived on countryside (1993 – 2012).

    Have a good day!

  9. Jeevan Says:

    Interesting learning about the species and you got lovely shots on variety of sempervivum !

  10. Linda, Shenandoah Valley Says:

    Great shots! They almost seem to be twirling.

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