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Sempervivum 'Lilac Time'
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houseleek 'Lilac Time'

'Lilac Time' is an evergreen perennial made up of rosettes of bluish-silver-green leaves, tipped with red, that turn a lilac shade when exposed to the summer sun. Mature rosettes, 3-4 years old, may form a stem with a terminal cluster of pink flowers in the summer

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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
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Red Green Grey Silver
Summer Pink Red Green Grey Silver Purple
Autumn Red Green Grey Silver
Winter Red Green Grey Silver
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
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

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in moderately fertile gritty soil in full sun. Protect from excessive winter wet. Suitable for rock garden, scree bed, wall crevice, trough or alpine house

Propagation

Propagate by rooting offsets in spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Gravel garden
  • Rock garden
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Patio and container plants
Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

May be susceptible to vine weevil and sempervivum leaf miner

Diseases

May be affected by a rust

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