Sempervivum or Houseleeks - Alpine Plant Shop

Sempervivum - or 'Houseleeks'

Sempervivum or 'Houseleeks' are fascinating plants. They grow as leaves clustered together in rosettes; each of these rosettes produces 'baby' rosettes and all will grow together to form handsome clumps. A collection of different varieties grown together with their different shapes and colours enhances the effect.

The leaves are ever-changing in colour - some start the year green, become intense red or purple then change again as winter approaches. Leaf colour varies greatly according to season, rainfall and nutrition. In some varieties, the rosettes develop a covering of fine hairs (cobweb) especially in drier conditions and others have fine hairs on the edges or tips of the leaves. Read more

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As succulent plants, they tolerate hot, dry conditions easily and need very little in the way of feeding - the name Houseleek derives from when they were commonly grown on house roofs. They are ideal in troughs and containers of any kind and a collection of varieties grouped together in terracotta pots makes a lovely feature. They also do well growing in a stone wall.

Some of the older, central rosettes, will extend in summer and thrust skywards to produce an ornate, architectural flower spike. Unfortunately, the flowers themselves are rather dull in comparison (some would disagree!) and the flower stalk will die after flowering - this should be removed but the plant will persist as the rosettes and 'baby' rosettes fill the space. 

We supply all our 'Semps' as established plants in 9cm full depth pots, grown slow and hard in gritty compost containing loam; as they should be. They aren't cheap but they are well grown and excellent value. Some nurseries offer them as dry plants with soil and roots removed, many places want to sell small plug plants, usually grown quickly in a peat compost. We prefer to offer properly grown, established plants - very often you will get a good group of several rosettes growing in a pot. All are named and labelled cultivars, not un-named seedlings.

We also offer a collection of 8 different plants - details here.

Delivery only £7.95 for most orders.