Hens and chicks (sempervivum tectorum) have been a part of my garden for almost as long as I’ve lived here, but I don’t remember seeing them bloom before. This year, they filled out their containers. Here you can see the container sending up a gigantic bud.
Here’s another one, with greener foliage that’s also blooming.
“Hens and Chicks” are so named because the mother plant, the “hen”, sends out little shoots, the “chicks,” which then root themselves, later becoming hens and sending out chicks of their own. They’re extremely easy to propogate by simply separating a chick from it’s hen, and placing it firmly on some dirt. Contact with dirt seems to be all a chick needs to root itself. Here they’ve thrived on neglect. They are succulents, but I have noticed that when I water them, they tend to send out more chicks. They are hardy in zones 3-11, and can grow just about anywehre in full sun to partial shade.
My other hens are blooming too, though they haven’t produced any eggs yet. I’m concentrating on fattening them up and feathering them out.
I’ve discovered they like grapes, blueberries, bread and birdseed, but most of all,