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Sempervivum 'Hester' 4 Inch

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Fuzzy rosettes will morph from green to red to a deep maroon as the amount of light, water, and heat change with the seasons.

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Hens and Chicks don't seem like an optimal choice for the rainy Pacific NW, but they do amazingly well here when planted in well-draining soil and are given ample sun. 'Hester' is a charming addition to container planters, hanging baskets, and those dry, gravelly borders, with its fuzzy leaves and changing colors. A deep maroon in the dead of winter, 'Hester' has more green at the height of summer. Growing no more than three inches tall and eventually spreading its chicks up to a foot wide, 'Hester' is an excellent ground cover in xeriscapes and needs little water once established. Sempervivums are monocarpic, meaning that when a "hen" flowers, it will die, leaving all its little chicks to take its place. 

Common Name Hens and Chicks 'Hester'
Mature Size 3" tall, up to 12" wide. Individual rosettes are up to 4" across.
Growth Rate Moderate
Cold Hardiness -25 ° F
Characteristics Evergreen, deer-resistant, drought tolerant once established
Light Sun to partial sun
Structure Ground cover
Bloom Color Pink
Bloom Time Summer
Uses Xeriscapes, rock gardens, container planters, borders, hanging baskets
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