SEMPERVIVUM CALCAREUM SIR WILLIAM LAWRENCE
Also known as Hen and Chicks
Native to Morocco to Iran, through the mountains of Iberia, the Alps, Carpathians, Balkan mountains, Turkey, the Armenian mountains, in the north eastern part of the Sahara Desert, and the Caucasus. There are about 40 species in this family.
‘Sir William Lawrence’ is a mat-forming, evergreen, succulent perennial, grows up to 10 cm tall, forming rosettes of fleshy, ovate, pointed, maroon-tipped, grey-green leaves. Short spikes of pink flowers appear in summer.
Perfect for containers, rock gardens, as a ground cover, or anywhere else you can imagine.
When this plant grows into a wider clump it is more likely to start flowering and as it multiplies it looks like a mother hen with her chicks, hence it’s more common name.
When it does flower you will notice that the rosettes that have the flowers will die after flowering, however the rest of the clump will not die, and continue to grow, filling in the spaces.
How to Grow and Care
An easy plant to grow, provided they are not waterlogged. They can be easily grown outdoors and in containers.
The mother plant, or hen, sends off numerous offsets, which will cluster around her base like chicks. These offsets can be easily re-potted, or the plants can be left to form a clumping mat.
To re-pot a succulent, make sure the soil is dry before re-potting. Gently remove the pot, knock away the old soil from the roots, making sure to remove any rotted or dead roots in the process. Use cacti and succulent potting mix or your own well draining mix (recipes for cacti and succulent soil can be found online).
Among the easiest plants to grow, Hen-and-chicks tolerate heat, drought and neglect with style.
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