Sempervivums are intriguing little plants and can be grown outdoors or inside as a houseplant. This variety, Sempervivum tectorum ‘Rubin’, is a succulent that forms a distinctive mat of burgundy-red neat rosettes with tufted leaves.
From June – August occasional tiny pink flowers rise from the centre of the rosettes. Once the main rosette has flowered it usually fades and dies but other rosettes take over quickly.
The common names for Sempervivum plants include houseleeks, as they were known to root on the roofs of houses. Today they make good specimens to grow on shallow living roof displays. They are also known as Hens and Chicks, as the mother plant sends out many offsets that grow closely around her. These offsets can be replanted and grown on to form new clusters.
The literal meaning of Sempervivum is ‘always alive’ because they are tolerant of extreme temperatures and drought which makes them very hardy if given the correct conditions.
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Brand: Brookside Nursery
Supplied as: 3 Large Plug Plants
Habit: Low growing and clump forming
Eventual Height: 5cm (2")
Eventual Spread: 15cm (6")
Position: Full Sun outdoors. Sunny windowsill inside
Primary Flower Colour: Pink
Suitable for Hanging Baskets? No
Suitable for Patio Containers? Yes
Scented? Not Scented
Plant Type: Hardy Perennial
Botanical name: Sempervivum tectorum