Sempervivum arachnoideum ssp. tomentosum ‘Stansfieldii’

hens and chicks, houseleek

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

Outstanding Qualities

This lovely compact succulent forms tight clusters of one inch wide rosettes that turn a deep blood-red in spring and hold the red coloring into early autumn. The tips of the leaves are covered with a fine white webbing that brightens this tiny succulent. It is one of the showiest and easiest to grow of the hen-and-chicks.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: compact perennial

Foliage Type: evergreen

Plant Height: 0 ft. 4 in. (0.09 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 1 ft. 0 in. (0.30 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 9

Flower Color: pink

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun

Water Requirements: drought tolerant once established or occasional watering

Resistant to: aphids, slug, snail

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: blue, chartreuse, dark green

Great Color Partners: bronze, burgundy, silver, white

Culture Notes
Hen-and-chicks grow best in full sun to light shade. Make sure that neighboring plants do not grow over this low perennial. They need a well-drained soil and grow best in sandy soil or poor rocky soils. Little fertilizing is necessary for this plant to do well. If growing in a container, make sure the soil mix is coarse and open to allow adequate drainage. It will tolerate drought, but will look better with occasional watering during prolonged dry weather.