Silver King Hens & Chicks

Sempervivum 'Silver King'

A true garden jewel! Symmetrical rosettes of silvery mint green leaves that develop deep red-purple centers that intensify in color in cold weather. Offsets form to create a dense, richly textured mat. In summer the older rosettes produce clusters of pink blooms on erect stems. Evergreen in mild winter areas.
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Full sun, Partial sun

Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.


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Botanical Pronunciationsem-per-VEE-vum
Average Size at MaturitySlow growing; rosettes form clumps 4 to 6 in. tall, 9 to 12 in. wide.
Bloom TimeSummer
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorPurple
Foliage ColorGray-green
Garden StyleContemporary, Mediterranean, Rustic, Xeric
Growth HabitSpreading
Growth RateSlow
Landscape UseContainer, Firescaping/Fire Wise, Green Roof, Green Wall, Mass Planting, Rock Garden, Ground Cover
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Special FeatureClump Forming, Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Gift Plant, Tolerates Poor Soils, Waterwise
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsOnce established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
Companion PlantsDwarf Fountain Grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides); Salvia (Salvia); Yarrow (Achillea); Aloe (Aloe); Sedum (Sedum)

Thrives in lean, fast-draining, gravelly or rocky soils. Water regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Once established in landscape, reduce frequency; tolerates moderate drought. Water container plants when soil surface is dry. Avoid excess winter moisture. Fertilize lightly in spring.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 4-9

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