Sempervivum 'Sanford's Hybrid'

Scientific Name

Sempervivum 'Sanford's Hybrid'

Common Names

Hen and Chicks, Houseleek, Live Forever


Sempervivum 'Sanford Hybrid'

Scientific Classification

Family: Crassulaceae
Subfamily: Sedoideae
Tribe: Sedeae
Subtribe: Sedinae
Genus: Sempervivum


Sempervivum 'Sanford's Hybrid' is a perennial succulent with large rosettes of sharply pointed, bronze-purple leaves with hints of green and burgundy red. This color may vary from season to season. Short spikes of pastel flowers appear in summer.

Photo by Wayne Fagerlund


USDA hardiness zone 4a to 8a: from −30 °F (−34.4 °C) to 15 °F (−9.4 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Sempervivums are not difficult to grow, provided they are not waterlogged and killed from excess watering. They can be easily grown outdoors and in containers, and they earned the name "Houseleeks" from their tendency to root on the roofs of houses. After the mother plant flowers, it will naturally die, but by this time, the plant has likely produced many offsets that will continue to grow. These are excellent for cold windows. Sempervivum earned their popular name "Hen and Chicks" from their growth habit. The mother plant, or hen, sends off numerous offsets, which will cluster around her base like chicks. These offsets can be easily repotted, or the plants can be left to form a clumping mat.

Repot as needed, preferably during the warm season. To repot a succulent, make sure the soil is dry before repotting, then gently remove the pot. Knock away the old soil from the roots, making sure to remove any rotted or dead roots in the process. Treat any cuts with a fungicide. Place the plant in its new pot and backfill with potting soil, spreading the roots out as you repot. Leave the plant dry for a week or so, then begin to water lightly to reduce the risk of root rot. See more at How to Grow and Care for Sempervivum.


Sempervivum 'Sanford's Hybrid' is a hybrid of unknown parentage.


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I left my family history and genealogy to become a bit more conversant with the little dears. Now I am wondering about the different ways of propagating and gardening them for greatest success. I have a vertical container garden but am thinking about some other possibilities with very very limited space.

What are pros and cons to beds, rock gardens, crevices (why crevice garden?) and regular container gardens?

Semps, sedum and Jovibarba are all succulents belonging to the Crassulaceae family. Semps and Jovibarba are closely related, but have different growing habits.

Semps reproduce offsets on stolons with the offsets rooting while still attached to the parent rosette.
Sempervivum 'Ford's Spring'

Jovibarba have two different ways of reproducing.
The roller type produce offsets on very brittle, short stolons that break away from the parent rosette, causing the offset to roll away from the parent before rooting. This is very interesting to observe. They can even settle on top of their little heads, and some how right themselves to form roots. See how the tiny offsets are rolling away from the parent?
Jovibarba f/Col De Turini

Jovibarba heuffelii form their new rosettes from the parent rosette's crown/root. The only way to have new, separate plants from this type is to surgically divide them through the crown and root, using a clean sharp knife. You must have a healthy section of root attached to each rosette when doing this procedure.
These are all growing from the same crown/root system.

For more about sedum visit these links.

Aren't you lucky to have Tabby, picklepuff and t1nerbelle living close by. They are all a wealth of knowledge when it comes to growing succulents in your area of the United States.
I sure had a great time nursery hopping with you while we were visiting. Wish we lived closer.

So why do we need to know this? Well, you may come across a name of a Jovibarba that is called a Sempervivum or the opposite. We're just hobbyists, so we go with what we know.

As to the advantages of the different types of gardens - it depends on what you like and what space you have. I find the sempervivum, jovibarba, etc. do better in the ground than in pots, but I have many in pots that do pretty good. The nice thing about pots is you can move them around. It looks like you have a very nice hypertufa pot in your vertical garden. Sempervivum do very well in hypertufa pots.

I like the look of rock gardens, but I run out of space for the rocks so just end up with rockless gardens with rock garden plants.

t1nerbelle (Audrey) came over today and we went over to Timberline Gardens in Arvada. . That place is so awesome for semp and sedum lovers.

She got the hypertufa pot when we all went to the sale at the Denver Botanical Gardens.

Oh I wish I could have been there with you. I fell in love with that nursery.

My camera is a little Olympus and it has a micro mode but have not figured it out yet.

Sure, Lynn, You can come on back. I laughed and said not only do I have to learn about Semps etc but I have to learn about photography. I wonder if there is enough room in my brain to learn all these new things.

Tabby, I am in Greenwood Village, and I remember how wonderful your gardens were, when I visited with Cliff and Lynn. I bet they are beginning to really fill in by now.

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