Other names include thunder plant, liveforever, Jupiter’s eye, Thor’s beard, Aaron’s rod and hens & chicks.
Succulents need a lot of light, but for Hens and Chicks, there is such thing as too much sun. They are hardy outdoor plants that, once established, can tolerate an amazing amount of climatic extremes and neglect.
- Acclimate by gradually move into bright shade, then partial sun, then direct sun over the course of 2 weeks
- Try to plant in a location with morning sun and afternoon shade
- Use trees or other landscape elements to filter light and shade succulents when temperatures exceed 80F
- Water deeply in the morning or evening to cool the soil
- Try to avoid excess winter moisture
Where Can Sempivivium Grow?
Sempervivum are most vulnerable to sunburn under the following conditions:
- Sunlight exposure increases drastically over a short period of time
- Plants are young and/or roots have not yet established
- Air temperature is high
- Soil moisture content is low
Hen & Chick Plant Propagation
Sempervivum Life and Death Cycle
Just Eat It!
Sempevivium Is Medicine?
It is a great treatment of many skin diseases, burns, scalds, bites and stings etc and has also has used to get rid of warts and corns.
- This European native plant was introduced to North America as a garden plant over 200 years ago.
- In some places, Sempervivums are traditionally grown on roofs between thatching, tiles or timber.
- A firm in Germany exports Sempervivums as rolled up carpets of roofing material.
- Folklore tells us that it has the ability to protect a house from lightning and fire. Since it contains a large cache of water, there may be some truth in this.
- In ancient times, this was thought to guard against thunderbolts, storms, and sorcery and ensure the prosperity of the occupants.
- Traditional medicinal uses described by Pliny the Elder (23 – 79 AD) in his Naturalis Historiae include use of the juice from crushed Sempervivum leaves to treat skin complaints such as burns, scalds, corns, calluses, warts, ringworm, shingles), insect stings shingles, itching, and burning of the eyes, and earache.
- Discorides (40 – 90 AD) wrote in his Materia Medica that Sempervivum leaves crushed with wine would eliminate intestinal worms and flukes.
- The Romans also consideredSempervivum juice to be useful against caterpillar infestation of crops.
- Scientists at Sainsbury Laboratory Cambridge University have found that the mineral vaterite, a form (polymorph) of calcium carbonate, is a dominant component of the protective silvery-white crust that forms on the leaves of a number of alpine plants. Naturally occurring vaterite is rarely found on Earth. Small amounts of vaterite crystals have been found in some sea and freshwater crustaceans, bird eggs, the inner ears of salmon, meteorites, and rocks. This is the first time that the rare and unstable mineral has been found in such a large quantity and the first time it has been found to be associated with plants.
There are three common types of Sempervivum Hens and Chicks… but each type produces offspring in a different manner.
Another group of rosette-forming succulents from Mexico,
Echeverias, share the common name “hens-and-chicks.”