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Sempervivum 'Gold Nugget' (Chick Charms Series)

houseleek 'Gold Nugget'

A rosette-forming, evergreen perennial with succulent, pointed leaves. In spring and autumn the leaves are golden green with dark red edges; in summer they turn lime green all over and in winter they become dark red. Starry pink flowers are held in clusters on leafy stems to 15cm tall in summer. The rosettes die after flowering but are replaced by offsets on lateral runners

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Size
Ultimate height
0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Yellow Green Red
Summer Pink Green
Autumn Yellow Green Red
Winter Red
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

East–facing or South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Drought resistance
Yes
Hardiness
H5
Botanical details
Family
Crassulaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Matforming
Genus

Sempervivum are evergreen perennials forming mats of fleshy-leaved rosettes, often attractively coloured, with star-shaped pink or pale yellow flowers in summer

Name status

Accepted

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in poor to moderately fertile, sharply drained soil in full sun. In pots use a 50:50 mix of loam-based potting compost and grit. See hardy cacti and succulent cultivation

Propagation

Propagate by removal of offsets in spring and early summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Patio and container plants
  • Rock garden
  • Low Maintenance
  • Conservatory and greenhouse
Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

May be susceptible to vine weevil larvae

Diseases

May be susceptible to rust diseases

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