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Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Red Beauty')
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Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Zilver Masquerade')
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Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Zilver Masquerade')
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Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Sonja')
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Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Sonja')
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Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Powelli')
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Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Powelli')
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Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Powelli')
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Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Dark Horse')
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Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Dark Horse')
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Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Dark Horse')
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Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Dark Horse')
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Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum tectorum 'Commander Hay')
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Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Jungle Fires')
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Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum calcareum from Guillaumes)
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Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Fuego')
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Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Dyke')
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Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Oddity')
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Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Whirl-i-gig')
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Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum calcareum 'Sir William Lawrence')
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Talking about Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Purple Passion') on June 26, Patty wrote:

Not very colorfast.
Talking about Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Silver Thaw') on June 16, valleylynn wrote:

Here is a quote from Kevin Vaughn about Sempervivum 'Silver Thaw':

JungleShadows said:I can tell you the story of this one.
Mina Colvin loved arachnoideum 'Tomentosum' and wanted to see what variations it might produce from seed. She grew a large number and sent a slide of the group of seedlings in our round robin that eventually became SFAN. I saw two that looked distinctive in the slide and said "pull these two out and grow them on". Those two turned out to be 'Raspberry Ice' and 'Silver Thaw', both great plants although frustrating as parents because they produce few seeds. Both grow great for me although my colony of 'Silver Thaw' looks a bit chimeric, as some of the rosettes are differently colored than the rest. Generally I would blame seedlings, but not in this case.

Kevin

Talking about Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Raspberry Ice') on June 16, valleylynn wrote:

Here is a quote from Kevin Vaughn on Sempervivum 'Raspberry Ice':

JungleShadows said:I can tell you the story of this one.
Mina Colvin loved arachnoideum 'Tomentosum' and wanted to see what variations it might produce from seed. She grew a large number and sent a slide of the group of seedlings in our round robin that eventually became SFAN. I saw two that looked distinctive in the slide and said "pull these two out and grow them on". Those two turned out to be 'Raspberry Ice' and 'Silver Thaw', both great plants although frustrating as parents because they produce few seeds. Both grow great for me although my colony of 'Silver Thaw' looks a bit chimeric, as some of the rosettes are differently colored than the rest. Generally I would blame seedlings, but not in this case.

Kevin

Talking about Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Silverine') on June 16, JungleShadows wrote:

Patty's plant does not look right to me. It should never show more than a blush of pink. It is similar to 'Lilac Time' but more silver-colored.
Talking about Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Lipstick') on May 22, valleylynn wrote:

Some interesting information from Kevin Vaughn about S. 'Lipstick', showing the relationship between S. 'Ohio Burgundy' and his hybrid S. 'Lipstick'.

JungleShadows said:'Ohio Burgundy' is a nice one. Ed thought it might have come from 'Cleveland Morgan' even though he grew just mixed bee seed. You don't see 'Cleveland Morgan' offered much any more because it has been superseded by others. I'm sure my 'Lipstick' has 'Cleveland Morgan' as a pollen parent as it was blooming next to the plant of 'Silverine' that was harvested for that seedling crop.

Kevin

Talking about Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Jelly Bean') on April 23, Patty wrote:

Very prolific.
Talking about Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Pacific Hepsport') on April 9, goldfinch4 wrote:

"There is no information about P. Hepsport being a sport of 'Hep' although it does have a strong tendency to produce red streaks. As for tracing it back to Gary Gossett, there were several named Pacifics that came from seedlings selected by Gary, but were not necessarily named by him, so the origin of the name is not certain." --Thank you to Don at SMG for sharing this information with us.
Talking about Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Pacific Hep') on April 4, valleylynn wrote:

Kevin Vaughn gave us an interesting bit of history on the naming of this lovely sempervivum. Here is a quote from him.
JungleShadows said:Lynn,
Did you know that the "HEP" actually stands for "Helen E. Payne"?? Gary didn't dare name one for her so he sort of cheated and used her initials instead.
Kevin
Talking about Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Pfalzer Nebel') on January 1, goldfinch4 wrote:

Extremely heavy webbing on this plant! Rather small but a good producer.
Talking about Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Crispyn') on December 19, banker07 wrote:

How to distinguish S. 'Crispyn' and S. 'Crispyn / Typ Wills'

such a long time Howard J. Wills distributed a wrong plant under the name S. 'Crispyn'; it has been wide spread in the collections all over europe;

after clearing this mistake we gave this plant the addition "/Typ Wills" because it is such a beauty;

if you want to distinguish the two varieties look at the edge of the leaves;



Talking about Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Crispyn / Typ Wills') on December 19, banker07 wrote:

How to distinguish S. 'Crispyn' and S. 'Crispyn / Typ Wills'

such a long time Howard J. Wills distributed a wrong plant under the name S. 'Crispyn'; it has been wide spread in the collections all over europe;

after clearing this mistake we gave this plant the addition "/Typ Wills" because it is such a beauty;

if you want to distinguish the two varieties look at the edge of the leaves;



Talking about Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Witcheri') on November 29, valleylynn wrote:

Seasonal Colors for Sempervivum 'Witcheri'.


Spring colors




Summer colors




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Talking about Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Ann-Christy') on November 25, valleylynn wrote:

S. 'Ann-Christy' in spring colors.






S. 'Ann-Christy' in summer colors.







S. 'Ann-Christy' in fall colors.


Talking about Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum montanum subsp. carpathicum 'Cmiral's Yellow') on November 14, laszloszakszon wrote:

This year I have bought this kind of Sempervivum 'Cmíral Yellow "(20 pieces)
I wonder what will be the spring colors. And have a nice yellow. No big small rosette. Unfortunately no photos yet. This year has brought a lot of drive.
Talking about Hen and Chick (Sempervivum 'Positively Glowing') on November 12, valleylynn wrote:

A note from the hybridizer, Kevin Vaughn:

JungleShadows said:Hi friends,
The name for 'Positively Glowing' came from a BBC report on Princess Kate where she was "positively glowing" in her pregnancy! Thank you BBC! Great name.

Enjoy!

Kevin
Talking about Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Chivalry') on October 13, banker07 wrote:

this plant is not the real S. 'Chivalry'; we have had this plant in german collections too;

in 12/2010 the breeder told Erwin Geiger how his cultivar has to look like:

"S. 'Chivalry' is a velvety red, sort of like an improved more narrow-leaved version of 'Cleveland Morgan'."

the wrong plant shown here looks very similar to Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum x christii 'Collecteur Anchisi'); in germany we all placed it to the NOIDs nevertheless;

in 08/2012 we found a plant in an old collection which seems to be the right one; but it has to be checked around the year and presented to the breeder for a final conclusion;

http://www.sempervivum-liste.de/Sempervivum/Chivalry
Talking about Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Jungle Shadows') on October 9, valleylynn wrote:

Here is a interesting comment made by Kevin Vaughn:
JungleShadows said:Peter,

Interesting that 'Killer' is behaving the same in Germany. The 'Killer' X self seedlings show these striking changes but interestingly the 'Jungle Shadows' X 'Killer' seedlings seem to be year round very intense, almost as though it captured one one of the phases of 'Killer', but these seedlings don't change much. In some of the other crosses with 'Killer' the changeable colors show in some of the seedlings but others also capture one of the phases of 'Killer' but in a more permanent state.

When 'Jungle Shadows' first appeared as a seedling I was amazed at how well the color held up. In those days it was one of the few that did have color all year. Most turned green. I remember my call from Helen Payne after she received that plant "We can sell LOTS of that one Kevin". Amazingly, 45 years later they still are selling it! In the seedlings from self pollinating 'Jungle Shadows' there have been a majority of seedlings that keep color year round.

Kevin

Talking about Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Goldmarie') on October 2, valleylynn wrote:

Sempervivum 'Goldmarie' is new in the United States. It was brought from Erwin Geiger in Germany, in 2012 by a group that imported approximately 25 to 30 European cultivars. We are very excited about these new semps. So far Goldmarie has maintained wonderful golden tones through most of the seasons.
Talking about Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Skrocki 51' X 'Minaret') on October 2, valleylynn wrote:

This sempervivum has been mistaken for Minaret for many years.
Here is a further explanation of S. 'Skrocki 51' x 'Minaret' http://allthingsplants.com/thread/view_post/277134/

At some point it will be given an official name, which it more than deserves.
Talking about Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Silver Spring') on October 2, valleylynn wrote:

This is a very striking sempervivum in the summer. Medium to large in size, and a good producer of offsets. Handles our very wet winter and spring seasons.

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