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Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Sideshow')
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Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Shirley's Joy')
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Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Lavender and Old Lace')
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Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Violet Queen')
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Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Blue Boy')
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Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Atroviolaceum Heimlich 2')
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Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Firebird')
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Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Emerald Empress')
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Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Mona Lisa')
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Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Larissa')
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Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Kelly Jo')
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Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Leneca')
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Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Ohio Burgundy')
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Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Atroviolaceum Heimlich 2')
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Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Black')
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Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Black')
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Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Red Heart')
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Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Red Heart')
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Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Jade Rose')
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Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Oddity')
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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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Bloom

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

The incorrect photos of S. 'Casa' have been removed from the database. The ones entered now are correct.
This has been verified by the breeder Martin Haberer, through Peter Dieckmann.
Talking about Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Cobweb Buttons') on September 30, banker07 wrote:

does anybody knows the origin of this plant? never heard before...
Talking about Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Classic') on September 30, banker07 wrote:

does anybody knows where the name come from - who sells this plant?
Talking about Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum marmoreum 'Chocolate') on September 30, banker07 wrote:

comment from Alan C. Smith
(from "Sempervivums & Jovibarbas" 2. edition 1980)

Brunneifolium (dark form) - We have re-named this form as only one clone is permissible to occupy a single Cultivar name. The new name we have chosen is 'Chocolate'.

A very fine plant having slightly less compact rosettes than Brunneifolium with dark chocolate coloured rosettes. Mr. Hugh Miller verbally mentioned that he received this form from Praeger under S. marmoreum f. brunneifolium No. 2

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addition from me:

S. marmoreum 'Brunneifolium' = S. marmoreum f. brunneifolium - but this botanical name was never accepted by the botanists; so it was renamed like a cultivar;
Talking about Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Casa') on September 29, banker07 wrote:

I guess that S. 'Casa' has to look totally different; I can't believe the photos here were showing the right plant;

the breeder Martin Haberer is a good semps-friend of mine and we get this plant from him directly; furthermore his description won't fit to the photos here....

I will load up our photos to the database;
Talking about Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum 'Boule de Nigre') on September 24, banker07 wrote:

the name S. 'Boule de Nigre' appears some time; but it should be only a wrong writing of the cultivar S. 'Boule de Neige'; any time we find the wrong name, the research of the source came to the same result:

the handwriting of André Smits causes this confusion; sometimes he himself made this mistake;

a cultivar S. 'Boule de Nigre' has never been named;

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