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Red Heart Hens And Chicks

Sempervivum 'Red Heart'

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Red Heart Hens And Chicks (Sempervivum 'Red Heart') at Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses

Sempervivum 'Red Heart' foliage

Sempervivum 'Red Heart' foliage

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Plant Height:  3 inches

Flower Height:  12 inches

Spacing:  10 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  3a

Other Names:  House Leek

Ornamental Features

Red Heart Hens And Chicks's attractive succulent pointy leaves emerge grayish green in spring, turning light green in color with prominent indian red tips throughout the season. It features unusual clusters of pink star-shaped flowers with burgundy bracts rising above the foliage in mid summer. The fruit is not ornamentally significant. The brick red stems can be quite attractive.

Landscape Attributes

Red Heart Hens And Chicks is a dense herbaceous perennial with tall flower stalks held atop a low mound of foliage. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should not require much pruning, except when necessary, such as to remove dieback. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Spreading

Red Heart Hens And Chicks is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Red Heart Hens And Chicks will grow to be only 3 inches tall at maturity extending to 12 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 12 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 10 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in sandy soils, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Red Heart Hens And Chicks is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers and foliage against which the larger thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
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Characteristics
Rock  Edging  Garden  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Texture  Plant Form  Bark 
Ornamental Features