Black Sempervivum

Black Sempervivum

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Sempervivum 'Black' is a mat-forming succulent perennial that forms attractive, evergreen rosettes of thick, fleshy, bright green leaves adorned with dark, burgundy tips. As the weather cools, the entire rosette darkens to a lovely purplish-bronze for showy fall color. This herbaceous perennial belongs to the family Crassulaceae and is commonly known as hens and chicks.  It grows up to 0.50 feet in height and can spread up to 1.00 feet. The plant prefers full sun and dry to medium water, making it an excellent ground cover. Maintenance is low, and it is hardy in zones 4 to 9. The plant blooms from June to August with white flowers.

Another variety of Sempervivum that features burgundy leaves is Sempervivum 'Ohio Burgundy'. It forms pretty, evergreen rosettes of fleshy, deep burgundy leaves adorned with a dusting of fine hair.  The color of the leaves varies by season, with the leaves being green in summer but intensifying in cooler temperatures for a showy fall or winter display

This variety also belongs to the family Crassulaceae and is commonly known as hens and chicks. It grows up to 5 inches in diameter and is an excellent addition to rock gardens or as a ground cover.  The plant prefers full sun to partial shade and is drought tolerant once established.

Black Sempervivum At-A-Glance Info

Mature Size:  6” x 8”
Light:  Full sun
Zones:  4 to 9
Watering: Low water
Soil: Loamy soil

You can find the Black Sempervivum and other flowering plants at Faulkner’s Nursery this season for your outdoor space.   For decades Faulkner Nursery and Landscaping has provided the local community with all of your favorites. Whether you’re enhancing your yard with a new lawn, adding annuals or orchids to your space, you’ll find the team at Faulkner Nursery will treat you like family. We encourage customers to visit our nursery, pick the brains of our knowledgeable staff so they can help you choose the best plants for your yard.