SEMPERVIVUM RITA JANE

SEMPERVIVUM RITA JANE

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Among the easiest plants to grow, Hen-and-chicks tolerate heat, drought and neglect with style. Useful in rock gardens, container gardens of all types, rooftop gardens and rock walls. Hundreds of varieties exist. All types form a low cushion or carpet of fleshy leaves with tiny new plants appearing in a circle around the mother in the middle. This selection has large, grey-green leaves with sharp, pointed deep purple tips and a rose base. Seasonal colour variations. Easily increased by just removing the small baby rosettes and replanting in a new location at almost any time. After flowering, the mother rosette dies to leave room for the chicks: remove this by tugging gently at the base of the bloom stem.


Sun Exposure
  Full Sun or
  Partial Shade

Soil Type
  Normal or
  Sandy

Soil pH
  Neutral or
  Alkaline or
  Acid

Soil Moisture
  Dry

Care Level
  Easy


Appearance and Characteristics

Flower Colour
  Deep Pink

Blooming Time
  Mid Summer

Foliage Color
  Grey Green
  Purple Black

Plant Uses & Characteristics
  Accent: Good Texture/Form
  Alpine & Rock
  Border
  Containers
  Deer Resistant
  Drought Tolerant
  Edging
  Evergreen
  Ground Cover
  Massed

Flower Head Size
  Small

Height
   5-10 cm
   2-4 inches

Spread
   10-15 cm
   4-6 inches

Foot Traffic
   None

Growth Rate
   Medium