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Sempervivum 'Killer'

Sempervivum 'Killer'


Scientific Name

Sempervivum 'Killer'

Scientific Classification

Family: Crassulaceae
Subfamily: Sedoideae
Tribe: Sedeae
Subtribe: Sedinae
Genus: Sempervivum

Description

Sempervivum 'Killer', also sold as Chick Charms® Cranberry Cocktail™, is a small succulent that forms lovely, olive-green rosettes, up to 5 inches (12.5 cm) in diameter, that get splashes of dark red to mahogany through the seasons. It produces new offsets on long stolons. The leaves are long and pointed.

Hardiness

USDA hardiness zones 4a to 9b: from −30 °F (−34.4 °C) to 30 °F (−1.1 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Sempervivums are not difficult to grow, provided they are not waterlogged and killed from excess watering. They can be easily grown outdoors and in containers, and they earned the name "Houseleeks" from their tendency to root on the roofs of houses. After the mother plant flowers, it will naturally die, but by this time, the plant has likely produced many offsets that will continue to grow. These are excellent for cold windows. Sempervivum earned their popular name "Hen and Chicks" from their growth habit. The mother plant, or hen, sends off numerous offsets, which will cluster around her base like chicks. These offsets can be easily repotted, or the plants can be left to form a clumping mat.

Repot as needed, preferably during the warm season. To repot a succulent, make sure the soil is dry before repotting, then gently remove the pot. Knock away the old soil from the roots, making sure to remove any rotted or dead roots in the process. Treat any cuts with a fungicide. Place the plant in its new pot and backfill with potting soil, spreading the roots out as you repot. Leave the plant dry for a week or so, then begin to water lightly to reduce the risk of root rot.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Sempervivum.

Parentage

Sempervivum 'Killer' is a hybrid of unknown parentage.

Links

  • Back to genus Sempervivum
  • Succulentopedia: Browse succulents by Scientific Name, Common Name, Genus, Family, USDA Hardiness Zone, Origin, or cacti by Genus

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Sempervivum Information

Plants that take a lot to grow, such as orchids, are a collector’s dream but their fussiness and specific needs take a lot of time and energy to sustain. For us lazy gardeners, sempervivum offers unique form and beauty without any of the effort. Try growing these succulent plants on a rockery, vertical wall or even on driftwood. Sempervivum growing conditions are only limited by good drainage and sunlight.

So you say you have a hot, dry spot in the garden with rocky or gritty soil and low fertility? What should you plant? This sounds like perfect sempervivum growing conditions. Not only can these fun little alpine succulents thrive in sites that would make most other plants faint, but they multiply and flower with ease.

Sempervivum produces rosettes in a host of hues. They are low growing and adaptable to most soils but prefer full sun and a well-draining medium. Many of the varieties produce star-shaped flowers in pink, red or occasionally yellow. The spiky leaves are trimmed with green, red, purple or even shrouded in fine gossamer hairs. For sheer diversity of form, size and color, these plants are excellent in a host of situations.


Legolas Sempervivum

Legolas Sempervivum

Description

Legolas has numerous sharp pointed leaves that form a picturesque dark burgundy star. Great Summer & Winter Color.
Betty Z. Bronow (US), 1976

Foliage Color:

Spring - Purple Summer - Maroon

Mature Size:
Shipping Size:

You'll receive a 1.5"-2" rosette as well as multiple offsets.
All plants are shipped bare root with an established, healthy root system.

Growth Rate:
Cold Hardiness Zones:

4-9 View Map
Cold Hardy to -20° to -30°F

Sempervivum Overview:

Sempervivum, or Hens & Chicks grow in a fantastic clump/mat of colorful rosettes. Plants thrive in porous soil with full to part sun. Soil and light conditions can change the look of the varieties drastically. Once established, sempervivum are drought tolerant. As an added benefit, succulents are deer resistant. These plants can survive when grown indoors, but they look their best when grown outside.

1 Review

Healthy gorgeous plants with so much color

Posted by Susan on May 21st 2019

I'm always happy with the semps I've received. Better than every nursery I've ordered from!

Shipping & Returns

Shipping
We ship year round, throughout the United States. We do not currently ship to international destinations.

Shipping rates are based on the weight of your order. Once you have added items to your cart, simply select 'Shipping: Add Info' under the cart subtotal. Once you have entered your basic shipping info you will get a shipping estimate for your order.

We pull, pack and ship within 1-3 business days. Orders are shipped Monday thru Friday. We do this so that your order can get to you as quickly as possible. Once your order has been shipped you can generally expect it to be delivered within 3-5 days. Youngs Garden Shop is not responsible for any delays due to the shipper.

Returns Policy
If there is any sort of issue with your order, please contact us as soon as possible. Refunds or replacements for damaged plants will require photos.

To get your return/replacement processed as quickly as possible please send us an email that includes your order number and the name of the item or items in question.


Fashion Diva Sempervivum

Fashion Diva Sempervivum

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10 Sempervivum Collection

Our collection of 10 colorful hens and chicks will look fantastic in your garden. Let us choose some of our favorite sempervivum varieties a great assortment of colors and types that will look great.

No ID Sempervivum

These are plants without a name. They are still beautiful, cold hardy sempervivum, just without names. Each one ordered will include several rosettes (the same as ordering named varieties). Orders.

Description

If you like bright, dark red Sempervivum you will love this one. It is the height of fashion! The rosette is medium large with long thin and pointed leaves, making for a very distinctive plant. ‘Fashion Diva’ is a seedling from a cross of ‘Killer’ X self and has that intense color of ‘Killer’ but one that is retained throughout the season.
Kevin C. Vaughn (US), 2015

Foliage Color:
Mature Size:
Shipping Size:

You'll receive a 1.5"-2" rosette as well as multiple offsets.
All plants are shipped bare root with an established, healthy root system.

Growth Rate:
Cold Hardiness Zones:

4-9 View Map
Cold Hardy to -30° to -40°F

Sempervivum Overview:

Sempervivum, or Hens & Chicks grow in a fantastic clump/mat of colorful rosettes. Plants thrive in porous soil with full to part sun. Soil and light conditions can change the look of the varieties drastically. Once established, sempervivum are drought tolerant. As an added benefit, succulents are deer resistant. These plants can survive when grown indoors, but they look their best when grown outside.

3 Reviews

Glorious

Posted by Tonya on Sep 18th 2019

Fashion Diva is so pretty. It stays bright red all year. In the fall it gets a little yellow on the outer leaves. She never fails to turn heads.

I ordered last week and every plant is exceptional. So impressed by Fashion Diva I had to order another!

Posted by Susan on Aug 5th 2019

I'm always impressed by the plants I receive and tell all my plant friends about this nursery. Thank you!

Fashion Diva

Posted by Chad U on Apr 6th 2018

This is a very beautiful sempervivum with beautiful colors. The colors of mine aren't solid like this one which I'm sure is because of it being spring and the colors are starting to change like all of the others I grow. I wish I could post a picture of mine so you could see how great they look. I received this particular one with 3 decently sized offsets to plant. I can't wait for them to grow and multiply in the season ahead! As with all of the plants I've ordered from Youngs, they don't disappoint and I will continue to order from them in the future.

Shipping & Returns

Shipping
We ship year round, throughout the United States. We do not currently ship to international destinations.

Shipping rates are based on the weight of your order. Once you have added items to your cart, simply select 'Shipping: Add Info' under the cart subtotal. Once you have entered your basic shipping info you will get a shipping estimate for your order.

We pull, pack and ship within 1-3 business days. Orders are shipped Monday thru Friday. We do this so that your order can get to you as quickly as possible. Once your order has been shipped you can generally expect it to be delivered within 3-5 days. Youngs Garden Shop is not responsible for any delays due to the shipper.

Returns Policy
If there is any sort of issue with your order, please contact us as soon as possible. Refunds or replacements for damaged plants will require photos.

To get your return/replacement processed as quickly as possible please send us an email that includes your order number and the name of the item or items in question.


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