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Sempervivum 'Pekinese'

houseleek 'Pekinese'

A mat-forming succulent with tight rosettes of fleshy leaves; the inner leaves green and the outer foliage is red. The centre of each rosette has fine 'cobwebbing'. In summer it produces a 15cm tall flowerspike bearing starry pink flowers. The rosette dies after flowering but this variety produces numerous offsets

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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 Green Red
Summer Pink Green Red
Autumn Green Red
Winter Green Red
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

East–facing or South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Drought resistance
Yes
Hardiness
H6
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. Protect from excessive winter wet. 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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