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Sunset Hens and Chicks

SKU: AM017338
per Plant - 3.5" Pot
No longer available this season.
Sunset Sempervivum, commonly called hens and chicks, adds unique form and texture to containers and gardens. Succulent foliage grows in tight rosettes that multiple to form dense mounds. Each fleshy leaf is emerald green at the base and brilliant red at the tip. Plants take on orange hues in cool weather. Unusual, fleshy flower spikes attract butterflies. (Sempervivum tectorum)
key features
Botanical Name
Sempervivum tectorum
Growing Zones
Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9
Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant, Groundcover, Easy To Grow, Low Maintenance, Naturalizes, Evergreen, Container Planting, Small Spaces, Rock Gardens
Light Requirements
Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Mature Height
1-2" tall
Bloom Time
Mid to late summer


1-2" tall x 4-6" wide and spreading. Perfect for tucking, plant Sunset Sempervivum as a unique groundcover among flagstone pathways or nestle into nooks along a stone wall. Hens and chicks also make a good addition to living walls and green roof plantings, as well as stylish container specimens. Plants have a unique growth pattern with each mature rosette or hen sending out small rosettes or chicks each spring. In this way, plants grow into dense clumps. Hens live for about three years before sending up a large, thick flower stalk bearing star-shaped blooms. Hens die after flowering, making space for the developing chicks to take over and begin making their own offsets to continue he cycle. Plants are easy to grow, but require well-drained soil. Gravel or sandy mixes work well for containers. This low maintenance plant is deer resistant and drought tolerant once established.