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Sempervivum tectorum 'Rubin'

Common houseleek

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour

Purple

Feature

Dramatic foliage

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

photo by bbc.co.uk/gardening

Plant details

This architectural rock plant is an interesting addition to any garden, with red leaves that grow in fleshy rosettes. The purplish flowers are produced in early summer. It can be grown outside in very dry spots but is best grown in pots of free-draining compost. It's an excellent choice for a rock garden or stone trough. Excess moisture can damage the plant in winter and it will benefit from being brought into the shelter of the greenhouse or cold frame. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Crassulaceae

Genus: Sempervivum

Species: tectorum

Cultivar: Rubin

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Purple

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: 30cm

Flowering period: April to August


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