Thursday, August 26, 2010
Green Wall Plant Feature: Sempervivum 'Green Wheel'
Sempervivum 'Green Wheel'
Sempervivums are also known as Hens and chicks. ‘Green Wheel’ is especially vigorous and pretty. It has densely packed apple green leaves that form remarkably symmetrical rosettes.
In late spring to early summer older rosettes may send up a single flower stalk. These are topped with branched clusters of five-petaled pink blooms. Once a rosette flowers it will die, but offsets that have not bloomed will live.
A well-drained situation is the key to growing these succulents successfully. Most varieties of Sempervivum are very cold hardy and very low maintenance.
Sempervivums are ideal for sun drenched elevated rock gardens, but will not stand up to low desert summer heat.
Plant Uses & Characteristics
Accent: Good Texture/Form
Alpine & Rock
Flower Head Size
The rosettes can send up flowers 6 to 8" tall.