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Talking about Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Rosa Spumanti') on February 5, valleylynn wrote:

A comment by Truls Jensen:

Rosa Spumanti and Spumanti are siblings but individual cultivars. Spumanti was a volunteer seedling that was profusely netted and that produced many small offsets so that when grown in a container it appears to be foaming over, hence the name Spumanti (foam or sparkling in Italian). Rosa Spumanti is similar except the rosettes are slightly larger and blushed with red and not quite as 'sparkly'.

I'll take a look at the chapter this evening.

Truls
Wild Ginger Farm
24000 Schuebel School Rd
Beavercreek, OR 97004
Talking about Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Spumanti') on February 5, valleylynn wrote:

A comment by Truls Jensen:

Rosa Spumanti and Spumanti are siblings but individual cultivars. Spumanti was a volunteer seedling that was profusely netted and that produced many small offsets so that when grown in a container it appears to be foaming over, hence the name Spumanti (foam or sparkling in Italian). Rosa Spumanti is similar except the rosettes are slightly larger and blushed with red and not quite as 'sparkly'.

I'll take a look at the chapter this evening.

Truls
Wild Ginger Farm
24000 Schuebel School Rd
Beavercreek, OR 97004
Talking about Hens and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Pacific First Try') on February 1, valleylynn wrote:

Information from Kevin Vaughn:

JungleShadows said:Lynn,
BTW I did hear from Janis Noyes that Gary did change the name from 'First Try' to 'Pacific First Try' even though it was introduced without the "Pacific" part.

Kevin

Talking about Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Streaker') on January 31, valleylynn wrote:

A comment from Kevin Vaughn:
JungleShadows said:There's an amusing story on 'Streaker'. When Ed sent in a picture of that plant to he Sempervivum Society Peter Mitchell didn't believe it and said "It must be an Aeonium". Of course that was really silly as Aeoniums would have NEVER survived the winter in OH!

I was surprised it is still around as it is such a slow grower. Even Ed, who could really grow them well, only had a few plants after several years.

Kevin

Talking about Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Fair Lady') on January 19, valleylynn wrote:

@JungleShadows
Kevin would you take a look at photos for this semp. It appears we have two distinct types. Do you have a written description of 'Fair Lady'?
Talking about Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Rita Jane') on December 12, valleylynn wrote:

valleylynn said:Kevin do you know anything about the parentage of 'Rita Jane'.


I look forward to seeing what you get from the 'Rita Jane' seedlings. That could be very interesting.

JungleShadows said:Lynn,

All the ones of Sandy MacPherson's except 'Oddity' were from bee crossed seedlings that appeared in the garden. If I had to guess i would say 'Purdy's 70-40' as a parent as it has such wide leaves too.

The seedlings from 'Rita Jane' are showing extremely wide leaves but of course not much color at the moment.

OK out to the garage to clean seed. Good job for a rainy miserable afternoon!

Kevin

Talking about Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Pepito') on September 4, goldfinch4 wrote:

Absolutely love this semp! One of my all time favorites. Goes through many color changes, but unlike most semps this one has fantastic colors even during the hottest part of the summer. It's a large plant with many of mine being 9" +. I have it planted in several places in my yard and it looks a bit different in every area, but always beautiful. Produces lots of chicks once established. Give it plenty of room to grow.
Talking about Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Zulu') on September 4, goldfinch4 wrote:

Great semp, quite large and goes through lots of color changes. Produces many offsets, so give it plenty of room to grow. An added bonus is the beautiful watermarks. Most semps have pink flowers, but this has a creamy off-white flower with a green stripe down each petal, and the flower stalks are huge!
Talking about Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Oddity') on September 2, goldfinch4 wrote:

I find 'Oddity' to be quite temperamental when planted in the ground in our zone 4 climate. It tends to rot in the spring from too much moisture when the snow melts. I built a bit of a mound for it this summer with lots of grit incorporated into the soil. We'll see if that helps.
Talking about Hen and chicks (Sempervivum 'Pinkerine') on July 8, valleylynn wrote:

I received this information from Matts Jopson, Director of Sales & Marketing.
Matts Jopson said:This is actually a strange variant of ‘Silverine’ that we found mislabeled amongst our old stock of Sempervivums. We couldn’t figure out what it actually is called, so we just decided to name it ‘Pinkerine’ to contrast its color with the original ‘Silverine’.

If you have any other ideas about what it could be, I’d love to hear them, because we do strive for accuracy in our listings.

Thanks,
Matts Jopson, Director of Sales & Marketing


It is unkown whether it is a seedling amongst the group of 'Silverine', or an actual variant of 'Silverine'.
In either case we cannot show the breeder as Sandy MacPherson, but it sure is a beauty.
Talking about Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Streaker') on June 22, springcolor wrote:

Have had this plant for a few years and never noticed the coloration this time of year, streaked with pink on the leaves.
Talking about Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Rubikon Improved') on February 22, Patty wrote:

Does not hold up well in winter rain.
Talking about Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum arachnoideum 'Cobweb Joy') on December 15, valleylynn wrote:

Quote from Kevin Vaughn.

JungleShadows said:'Cobweb Joy' is a sister to 'Denise's Cobweb' and 'Kanno's Cobweb' although it was not named by Patty. I'm not sure whether it was Helen or Shirley Rempel that named the plant for her. All 3 tend to produce thicker stolons and fewer increase than other cobwebs so the clumps are a bit more open. 'Denise's Cobweb' produces many fasciated rosettes and passes that trait onto its seedlings.
Talking about Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum arachnoideum 'Denise's Cobweb') on December 15, valleylynn wrote:

Quote from Kevin Vaughn.

JungleShadows said:'Cobweb Joy' is a sister to 'Denise's Cobweb' and 'Kanno's Cobweb' although it was not named by Patty. I'm not sure whether it was Helen or Shirley Rempel that named the plant for her. All 3 tend to produce thicker stolons and fewer increase than other cobwebs so the clumps are a bit more open. 'Denise's Cobweb' produces many fasciated rosettes and passes that trait onto its seedlings.
Talking about Hen and Chick (Sempervivum 'Kanno's Cobweb') on December 15, valleylynn wrote:

Quote from Kevin Vaughn.

JungleShadows said:'Cobweb Joy' is a sister to 'Denise's Cobweb' and 'Kanno's Cobweb' although it was not named by Patty. I'm not sure whether it was Helen or Shirley Rempel that named the plant for her. All 3 tend to produce thicker stolons and fewer increase than other cobwebs so the clumps are a bit more open. 'Denise's Cobweb' produces many fasciated rosettes and passes that trait onto its seedlings.
Talking about Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Tamberlane') on December 15, valleylynn wrote:

Quote from Kevin Vaughn.

JungleShadows said:When Helen first listed 'Tamerlane' in 1977 it did not have a "b' in it but the Alpine Gardens of 1980 adds the b back into the name. It seems to be more commonly spelled with the additional b now. Patty made the cross of 'Sanford Hybrid' X montanum var. stiriacum to produce a coppery brown with velvet. Some of the seedlings from this cross were smooth and she wondered if some were contaminated by the bees. However, I think the cross is true. The flower colors are what one would expect from such a mating as well as the rosettes.
Talking about Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Plumb Rose') on December 15, valleylynn wrote:

A quote from Kevin Vaughn.

JungleShadows said:Polly Bishop ONLY introduced 3 of her Sempervivum.
They were all introduced in the 1978 catalog of Betty Bronow (The Perennial Garden). 'Pink Lemonade' is a seedling of 'Magnificum'. The two dark ones were from a large lot of seedlings of 6 different dark Sempervivum. Polly took the blooming plants of each of these varieties and criss-crossed the flowering stalks so that the bees would cross these flowers in every direction. She gathered all the seed and 'Dark Cloud' and 'Plumb Rose' were selected out. Frankly there were a dozen other very fine ones that probably should have been named, especially some very dark ones.


Talking about Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Dark Cloud') on December 15, valleylynn wrote:

A quote from Kevin Vaughn.

JungleShadows said:Polly Bishop ONLY introduced 3 of her Sempervivum.
They were all introduced in the 1978 catalog of Betty Bronow (The Perennial Garden). 'Pink Lemonade' is a seedling of 'Magnificum'. The two dark ones were from a large lot of seedlings of 6 different dark Sempervivum. Polly took the blooming plants of each of these varieties and criss-crossed the flowering stalks so that the bees would cross these flowers in every direction. She gathered all the seed and 'Dark Cloud' and 'Plumb Rose' were selected out. Frankly there were a dozen other very fine ones that probably should have been named, especially some very dark ones.


Talking about Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Lowes 60') on November 24, valleylynn wrote:

JungleShadows said: Helen Payne lists a "Lowe's 60"/"Lown's 60" in her 1969 catalog but not afterwards.
"Beautiful medium-sized rosette, softly furred edges and tips".
It was not listed in subsequent lists and that may be because Bill had decided it was the same as 'Alpha'. Many of the plants that Helen received from Sandy MacPherson were actually seedlings of the variety and what Helen was selling was not Lown's 60/Lowe's 60. Maybe this should be annotated in the data base that "The original 'Lown's 60' was very similar if not identical to 'Alpha' and what is distributed as this cultivar now is likely a seedling of this plant."
Talking about Hen and Chick (Sempervivum tectorum 'Variegatum') on November 24, valleylynn wrote:

Sempervivum mettenianum f.variegata was sometimes used to designate tectorum x arachnoideum hybrids.

This very rare and unusual sempervivum possibly originated in Japan.
Laszlo Szakszon has some very nice looking rosettes that are offsetting. He will be growing them outdoors over the winter of 2014/2015. We look forward to seeing a report in the spring on how they do under normal growing conditions.

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