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Hollinshead Water-wise Garden Plants

Photo:
Nancy Glick

Taxon ID#

86

Rosette, good ground cover, produce new offsets on stolons creating a cluster; historically planted on roofs to repel lightening and reduce fire

Scientific  Name:

Sempervivum x 'Pacific Devils's Food'

Common Name 1

› Hens and Chicks

Family:

Crassulaceae

Origins:

central & southern Europe, North Africa

Plant Type:

Succulent
Common Name 2

› House Leek

Common Name 3

› Live Forever

Oregon native:

no

Western state native:

no

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Landscape Application Information

Seasonal Care

Resource Links

MAINTENANCE

Maintenance Level:

Low

Min. USDA Hardiness Zone:

3

Sun Preference:

Full Sun

Water Preference:

VL

Soil Preference:

sandy to gravelly soils of moderate to low fertility with good drainage

Fertilizer Needs:

None

Recommended Mulch:

PLANT DESCRIPTION

Foliage Color:

Other

Foliage Description:

Deep, chocolate-red satin succulent rosettes, 50-60 thick and fleshy and glabrous, <-2" long leaves come to pointed apex

Fragrant:

no

Predominant flower color:

Pink

Flower Description:

Several showy, pink star-shaped flowers on tall stalk, may take several years to bloom; plant will die after blooming

Fall color:

yes

Fall Color Description:

deep chocolate red satin succulent rosette

Winter Foliage:

Evergreen

Winter Interest:

yes

Winter Interest Description:

deep chocolate red satin succulent rosette

Mature height:

2"

Mature spread:

Growth rate:

Slow

LANDSCAPE APPLICATION

Deer Resistant:

yes

Fire Resistant:

yes

Attracts Pollinators:

yes

Attracts Butterflies:

no

Native Habitat:

mountainous areas, dry, rocky or stony areas

Attracts Birds:

no

Cut/Dried Flowers:

no

Used by Wildlife:

no

Swales:

no

Wildlife Use:

Photo:

Hedge/Screen:

no

Border:

yes

Erosion Control:

no

Windbreak:

no

Ground Cover:

yes

Provides Shade:

no

Rock Garden:

yes

Cover Structures:

yes

First Bloom:

Jul

Last Bloom:

Adds Texture/Movement:

Sep

Ornamental Accent:

yes

yes

Garden Observations:

Seasonal Care
Maintenance

SEASONAL CARE

Spring Care:

prune diseased, dead, damaged

Summer Care:

prune diseased, dead, damaged

Fall Care:

prune diseased, dead, damaged

Winter Care:

prune diseased, dead, damaged

Long Term Care:

Use pruning shears to cut out dead rosettes, top heavy, or wayward growth. Sempervivum plants will spread by sending new rosettes from the mother plant, and can become invasive. Once a rosette blooms, it will die. Use the new "baby" rosettes to fill in wh

Insect Pests:

None serious

Wildlife Pests:

None serious

Diseases:

Rust, leaf/stem rot and root rot.

Environmental Problems:

Landscape Problems:

Will spread if allowed

Care Comments:

Water occasionally during the growing period of summer. Allow the soil to dry before sparingly and slowly watering the sempervivums. They need periods of dry soil between watering to thrive and prefer drought-like conditions to grow.

RESOURCES

OSU Landscape Profile:

USDA Plants:

Calscape Database:

LBJ Native Plant Database:

Missouri Botanical Garden Database:

Monrovia Profile:

Alternate Source 1:

Alternate Source 2:

Source Comment:

Landscape Application
Resource Links

Plant Maintenance Information

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