Sempervivum tectorum

Common Houseleek, Hen and Chickens, St Patrick’s Cabbage

Sempervivum tectorum

A low, mat forming succulent comprising many rosettes of attractive grey-green leaves with a contrasting red margin. The Sempervivum Tectorum are ideal subjects for small pots, dish gardens or miniature rockeries.

Cold hardy and drought tolerant, House Lleeks grow easily in most parts of the country. They produce purple-red flowers on spikes up to 15 cm tall in their native Europe but somehow are loath to do so in South Africa, so here they are grown primarily for their cute charm and small size.

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