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100 Seeds ,Sempervivum Mountains Houseleek ,Hens &Chicks- Perennial !

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100 Seeds ,Sempervivum Mountains Houseleek ,Hens &Chicks- Perennial !

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Mountains,Sempervivum
(Hen and Chicks, Roof House Leek)
Family: Stonecrop
Sempervivum montanum (Houseleek) - Hardy small succulent with tight rosettes to 2-3 inches in diameter crowded with mid-green colored fleshy leaves. Plants produce many offsetting rosettes that are held tightly crowded together. Clusters of reddish-purple star-shaped flowers rise up on short stalks in early summer. Plant in sun or light shade (protect from intense sun inland) in a sandy well-drained soil. Requires little water. A great plant in rock crevices or as a small scale groundcover. Hardy well below 0°F – listed to USDA zone 4.
This plant is native to mountainous areas of southern Europe from the Pyrenees east through the Alps to the Carpathian Mountains and south into Corsica. The name for the genus comes from the Latin words 'semper' meaning "always" and 'vivus' meaning "living" in reference to the long living nature of these plants. Specific epithet is from this plants habitat in mountainous regions. The common names Houseleek or Roof House Leek comes from the ancient practice of planting these plants on the thatched roofs of houses to prevent roof fires caused by lightning. The alternate common name of Hen and Chicks is because the older center plant in a clump is larger and surrounded by smaller plants.They are hardy to USDA zone 4.
How to Grow
Common Houseleek (Hen and Chicks) (Sempervivum tectorum) Semper = Always, Vivum = Living. Probably the commonest of outdoor hardy succulents, this plant has been closely associated with human habitation since antiquity. Requiring little or no soil and storing water, nutritive and medicinal energy in its plump leaves, it is the mainstay of the "living roof" and is said to protect the house from lightning and fire, which does indeed make sense. I find them pleasant to chew, slightly lemony and definitely astringent to the mucous membranes. They are an antiinflammatory treatment for sore throat and infection. I used to bring some in my pocket when I went on lecture circuit, to tighten the mucous membrane in case I suffered from minister's sore throat. Externally, the juice may be applied as a sort of second rate aloe, effective for treating sunburn, old burns, stings of insects, and if applied to the temples, sometimes an effective treatment for headache. Relatively challenging to grow from seed. The seed is tiny, and good horticultural technique is a prerequisite. Relatively easy to grow from a cutting, you just nestle it down into any crack and it'll take hold. By the way, it won't make your house "leek." The word leek has an ancient origen meaning houseplant. Keep these little succulents close to home. They are really sweet companions.

Groundcover Specifications
Season: Perennial
USDA Zones: 3 - 10
Height: 2 - 4 inches
Bloom Season: Summer
Growth Rate: Slow
Environment: Full sun to partial shade
Soil Type: Well-drained, pH 5.5 - 7.0
Deer Resistant: Yes
Latin Name: Sempervivum Hybridum

Planting Directions
Temperature: 70 - 75F
Average Germ Time: 7 - 21 days
Light Required: Yes
Depth: Cover seed lightly with peat moss
Sowing Rate: Approximately 1000 seeds covers 20 square feet
Moisture: Keep seeds slightly moist but not wet until germination
Plant Spacing: 24 inches

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seeds,Sempervivum Seeds,Species Mix,SUCCULENT Seeds,Hens and Chicks,Hardy Perennial

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