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Common Houseleek

Sempervivum tectorum

Also known as

House Leek, St Patrick's Cabbage, Hen-And-Chickens, Bullock's Beard, Bullock's Eye, Devil's Beard, Earwort, Fuet, Healing Blade, Homewort, Imbroke, Jove's Beard, Jupiter's Beard, Jupiter's Eye, Poor Jan's Leaf, Red-Leaved Houseleek, Roof Foil, Roof Houseleek, Sengreen, Thunder Plant, Welcome-Home-Husband-However-Drunk-You-Be

Sempervivum tectorum 01 by Line1 by Liné1 (CC-BY-SA-3.0)

Full Sun
Light watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








10 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Common Houseleek Overview

Sempervivum tectorum is an evergreen species in the Crassulaceae family. It has a vigorous, mat-forming growth habit, producing fleshy rosettes of foliage measuring around 10cm across. Leaves are coloured blue-green and tinged with red-purple colouring, especially when planted in strong sunlight. Starry purple flowers are produced on flattened cyme arrangements measuring approximately 20cm in height. This plant is termed monocarpic as after flowering, it dies.

Common problems with Common Houseleek

Special features of Common Houseleek

Ground cover

Attractive leaves

Other uses of Common Houseleek

Rock garden, indoors, container, greenhouse, walls


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