Whatever name you call these plants by, they are actually Sempervivum, (which means "live forever" because they grow and propagate so readily) or common houseleeks and are one of the most popular succulents. What I like about these plants is that they grow almost anywhere, even in rock walls. I have several clusters growing in my garden. They don’t require much care, basically just plant them and forget them. Overwatering is something they don’t appreciate. Ask me how I know!
A couple varieties of sedum are the only other succulents in our garden but I’ve noticed succulents are growing in popularity again. Have you seen them planted in an old work boot or pair of baby shoes? Or even in an old pallet as a growing wall of succulents?
One thing I don’t like about this plant are the very strange looking flowers. I think they are down right ugly.
Towering spikes grow with a cluster of flowers on the end. The is the plant’s way of self propagating. After flowering, the mother plant dies. The flowering plant is the hen and the smaller plants that sprout out at the edges are the chicks. I like to pull off the baby plants and plant them in a new spot. It’s amazing how quickly they grow and are practically indestructible, as far as plants go…….except for overwatering.
Here’s a succulent planter with a big WOW factor, created by Michael Wurm from Inspired by Charm. It’s beautiful and inspiring! I may have to try this! I did a feature about his blog in 2012.
An old wives tale claims that hen and chicks protect your home from fire…… hmmm wonder how that tale started?
Do you grow succulents? What’s been your experience with hen and chicks?
Thanks for visiting! Debra (((xx)))