Help us achieve our goals:
make a donation »
Join the RHS today and
support our charity
Free personalised gardening advice
RHS members get reduced ticket prices
RHS members get free access to RHS Gardens
Reduced prices on RHS Garden courses and workshops
020 3176 5800
Mon – Fri | 9am – 5pm
Make a donation
Join the RHS today and support our charity
Register for free to receive our newsletters, add comments to blogs/articles and to save content.
We have combined these two powerful search tools into a single Find a Plant service searching over 250,000 plant records.
Virtually all of the features of the old searches are still available and in addition we have added several new features to create a more comprehensive and user friendly search experience.
When using this search
Search by plant name, key attributes or both to find plant details and a list of
AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:
© RHS 2003
the RHS today and get 12 months for the price of 9
Other common names
common houseleek St Patrick's cabbage
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 arvernense Sempervivum densum
Sempervivum are evergreen perennials forming mats of fleshy-leaved rosettes, often attractively coloured, with star-shaped pink or pale yellow flowers in summer
S. tectorum is a vigorous mat-forming evergreen perennial with clusters of fleshy rosettes to 10cm in width, the leaves blue-green suffused with reddish-purple. Starry purplish flowers are borne in flat cymes on stems to 20cm in height
W, C & S Europe
Habit Mat forming
All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets
Aspect South-facing or North-facing or West-facing or East-facing
Exposure Exposed or Sheltered
pHAcid, Neutral, Alkaline
Up to 10 cm
Time to ultimate height
Grow in moderately fertile well-drained soil in full sun. Protect from excessive winter wet. Suitable for rock garden, scree bed, wall crevice, trough or alpine house
Propagate by seed sown in spring, or root offsets in spring
Suggested planting locations and garden types
Flower borders and beds Garden Edging Ground Cover
Cottage & Informal Garden Gravel Garden Rock Garden Patio & Container Plants
Pruning No pruning required
Pests Can get vine weevil
May be affected by a rust
RHS members can get exclusive individual advice from the RHS Gardening Advice team.
We're a UK charity established to share the best in gardening. We want to enrich everyone's life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.
Like this page on facebook
Click on the Tweet button below to compose your tweet.
Join the RHS today and get 12 months for the price of 9