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Jovibarba sobolifera

Hens and chickens houseleek

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Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour



Dramatic foliage



Skill level


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Plant details

Closely related to sempervivums or houseleeks, these evergreen plants thrive in poor, dry, gritty soil. They can be grown successfully on roofs, walls and in rock gardens. Their structure: rosettes of succulent leaves which cover the growing surface with a clustered carpet of plants, makes them very drought tolerant. The leaves are shiny green with red tips, which creates a tapestry-like effect when seen en masse.

Family: Crassulaceae

Genus: Jovibarba

Species: sobolifera

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Yellow

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline, Dry

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 10cm

Spread: 20cm

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