Echeveria and Sempervivum
Echeveria and SempervivumEcheveria and SempervivumEcheveria and Sempervivum

A Succulent Overview (hens and chicks)

Description

We have quite a large selection of hens and chicks. Some are hardy and some are tender, but they all look great!

Hen and chicks (also known as hen-and-chickens, or hen-and-biddies in the American South) is a common name for a group of small succulent plants belonging to the flowering plant family Crassulaceae, native to southern Europe and northern Africa. They grow close to the ground with leaves formed around each other in a rosette, and propagate by offsets. The “hen” is the main plant, and the “chicks” are the offspring, which start as tiny buds on the main plant and soon sprout their own roots, taking up residence close to the mother plant.

Plants commonly referred to as “Hens and chicks” include ground-hugging species of Sempervivum such as ‘Pekinese’, and S. arachnoideum (common houseleek), as well as members of the related genus Jovibarba. The name is also used for some species of Echeveria, Sedum and Bergenia although these plants differ significantly from Sempervivum and Jovibarba, and may require different cultivation and care.

Product Description

We have quite a large selection of hens and chicks. Some are hardy and some are tender, but they all look great!

Hen and chicks (also known as hen-and-chickens, or hen-and-biddies in the American South) is a common name for a group of small succulent plants belonging to the flowering plant family Crassulaceae, native to southern Europe and northern Africa. They grow close to the ground with leaves formed around each other in a rosette, and propagate by offsets. The “hen” is the main plant, and the “chicks” are the offspring, which start as tiny buds on the main plant and soon sprout their own roots, taking up residence close to the mother plant.

Plants commonly referred to as “Hens and chicks” include ground-hugging species of Sempervivum such as ‘Pekinese’, and S. arachnoideum (common houseleek), as well as members of the related genus Jovibarba. The name is also used for some species of Echeveria, Sedum and Bergenia although these plants differ significantly from Sempervivum and Jovibarba, and may require different cultivation and care.