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Sempervivum tectorum (Houseleek)Herb Plant

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Houseleek (Sempervivum tectorum)Herb in 9cm Pot 

Houseleeks, or Sempervivum tectorum are a group of low-growing succulent plants that have a variety of common names, e.g. Liveforever, Hen and Chicks, Common Houseleek and St Patricks cabbage.

Originating from the area around the Mediterannean and Northern Africa, this adaptable herb is so successful due to their ability to store water in their thick leaves, and this allows them to live on sunny rocks and stony places in mountain, coastal and alpine belts.This is a most useful as well as effective plant for an old wall, or to cover the high part of a rock-garden; as it can be absolutely relied upon to withstand drought.

As an evergreen, this pretty plant grows up to 5cm tall, and after a few years, will produce pink star-shaped flowers on long-stems during the summer. Houseleeks will grow in stony, well-drained soil or rocky crevices, and prefers sun, but will grow in shade. Once established, Houseleeks will produce off-sets which can be used to propagate new plant colonies, and although Sempervivum tectorum will spread happily, it is not invasive.

Herb Usage

The plant has been traditionally thought to protect against thunderstorms, and was often found growing on house roofs since Roman times for this reason.  Houseleeks' leaves are harvested as needed, as the juice from the broken leaves can be applied externally to soothe insect bites, stings and burns.

Buy Houseleeks Online

Our potted Houseleeks herb plants are generally available to buy online between March and September.


Other Details

Growing conditions:
Full sun and free draining soil.
Flower Colour:
Pink
Height x Spread:
15cm x 70cm (condition dependant)
Latin Name:
Sempervivum tectorum
Hardiness:
RHS rating H5

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