Sempervivum most commonly knows as Hens & Chicks, Semps, Sempa, or Houseleeks. Sempervivum in Latin literally means “live forever” because they grow and propagate so easily. They are called Hens and chicks because the original rosette, the mama “Hen” produces tiny rosette offsets that are known as the “Chicks”. They don’t actually live forever, but since they produce so many ‘chicks’ or plantlets, they seem to last forever.
Hens and Chicks are also tough, drought-resistant plants. They come in all colors, shapes, textures and sizes. They are fabulous cold-hardy succulents and are a great year round option for almost every climate. They even change colors at different times of the year and they are typically more vibrant than other succulents during the winter.
Sempervivum most commonly knowns as Hens and Chicks are easy to propagate and seperate. It is a great free way to grow your succulent collection. Read our full post on seperating hens and chicks here.