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What is this plant? (Hens & Chicks, Sempervivum Tectorum)

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Can someone tell me what that plant is in the picture with the old boot planter. I know it's a type of cacti but from there I'm stumped. Here's the picture.

I'm an artist and I did a tryptich of cacti plants. I'll add the a pix of the drawing. Here's the drawing.

Thanks,
Gayle from Queen Creek, AZ

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By Michawn 18 487 03/08/2007 Flag

Looks like what most people call Hens and Chicks. It's actually a succulent more than a cacti. Now you would think that I would know more about it since Cacti is the only thing I can really grow. Either way, you can make more of them by snapping off one of the newer growths and placing it in Cactus potting soil or even sand.

I know that wasn't specific, but I am upstairs my cactus books are downstairs and I am off to bed! But if you don't have any answers tomorrow I'll check up on it for you!

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By Paula 14 328 03/09/2007 Flag

I, too, have always called it Hens and Chicks. When I Googled, I found the latin name: Sempervivum Tectorum...I would much rather ask at the local greenhouse for Hens and Chicks, much easier for me to say. They are a succulent, evergreen perinnial, and they grow well in very poor conditions like sandy soils and hot areas. I have had them at every house I have lived at (seven) and if they weren't planted by the previous owner, I planted my own. They are a good plant to have for someone that doesn't have much time to care for plants, or someone that doesn't even have a green thumb!

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By (Guest Post) 03/09/2007 Flag

Chick & Hens are what we call them also. You can't kill them. Go ahead-try! My brother dug some up from his yard for me and left them by my backdoor in a 5 gallon bucket. They sat there all through a New England autumn and winter. I puled them out from under 6 inches of leaves the next spring and there they were-ready to go! I've always had them at every house I've lived in. They'll grow practically anywhere.

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By Mary Ann. (Guest Post) 03/12/2007 Flag

It appears to me to be hens and chickens. It will reproduce small ones out to the sides hence the word chickens

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By Michelle Anglin (Guest Post) 03/12/2007 Flag

We've always called them hen and bitties! They are practically kill-proof.

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By melody_yesterday 228 664 03/12/2007 Flag

like everyone else said already : hens & chicks :) very cool planter too !
http://davesgarden.com/pf/go/54606/index.html

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By (Guest Post) 03/12/2007 Flag

Hi Melody, It is indeed Hens & Chicks from the Stonecrop family, just one of the many interesting Stonecrop varieties that thrive in drought tolerant locations.

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By Ariela 33 265 03/12/2007 Flag

its true you cant kill the Hens and Chicks plants. A friend gave me a box full and I forgot and left the box under the back steps all summer, and boy it was hot! Well in the fall there they were all grown up together with NO dirt around them, and up thru the center grew a new moma plant just as pretty as you please. So I put then box in the shed and plan to plant them here in a couple weeks lol

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By Valora (Guest Post) 03/13/2007 Flag

The plant is called hen and chicks and grows really good in St. George, and Arizona.

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By Penny Stoehr 29 89 03/13/2007 Flag

Guess you know by now their Hens and Chickens. They thrive ANYWHERE. I love them.

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By Ann (Guest Post) 03/13/2007 Flag

Just alittle laugh My son "watered" my mothers hens and chickens with gasoline. They still thrived

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By kseahag (Guest Post) 03/13/2007 Flag

It's called hens & chickens

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By PEGGY ROGERS. (Guest Post) 07/17/2007 Flag

I HAVE MANY OF THESE PLANTS. I HAVE ANOTHER TYPE OF HEN AND CHICKEN . I HAVE ALWAYS CALLED THEM HEN AND BITTIE. I SAW IN A BOOK THAT YOUR TYPE CAN GROW REALLY,KEALY BIG . REALLY BIG. I HAVE ONE PLANTED IN MY YARD NOW.JUST TO SEE HOW BIG IT WILL.GET.

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By (Guest Post) 08/17/2008 Flag

Can you take the babies off and put them in dirt?

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By sue (Guest Post) 11/05/2008 Flag

What do I do with them for winter there in a hens and chicks planter? Thanks

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