Spacing: 3-6 in. (7-15 cm) 6-9 in. (15-22 cm) 9-12 in. (22-30 cm)
Hardiness: USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 °C (-35 °F) USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 °C (-30 °F) USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 °C (-25 °F) USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 °C (-20 °F) USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 °C (-15 °F) USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F) USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F) USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F) USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F) USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F) USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F) USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F) USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F) USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F) USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F) USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 °C (40 °F)
Sun Exposure: Full Sun
Bloom Color: Pink White/Near White
Bloom Time: Late Spring/Early Summer Mid Summer
Foliage: Grown for foliage Evergreen
Other details: Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Soil pH requirements: 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
Patent Information: Non-patented
Propagation Methods: By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets) From leaf cuttings
Seed Collecting: Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
On Dec 6, 2010, Alexwtf_93 from Susanville, CA wrote:
good plant for almost any area.. its a variety thats not often found at garden centers (people would rather see the new more colorful ones) so i got some pups (chicks) from someone's grandma, they've multiplied everywhere, and get tall pink flowers
On Jan 7, 2007, BubblesFontana from Clinton, AR (Zone 7a) wrote:
MY HEN AND CHICKS ARE GROWING GREAT IN A STRAWBERRY JAR. THE 'HENS' WILL GET VERY LARGE IF THE CHICKS ARE PULLED OFF AND PLANTED ELSEWHERE, OR GIVEN AWAY.
I LEAVE MY JAR OF HEN AND CHICKS OUTDOORS ALL YEAR AROUND ON A COVERED PORCH.
On Oct 22, 2006, Lady_fern from Jeffersonville, IN (Zone 6a) wrote:
Hens and Chicks are just the cutest, easiest little plants you ever could find. I have mine growing in pockets of soil in rock piles. They fill in their spaces beautifully. Since they're so small, the rock piles help to elevate them a little so you can admire them more.
There are hundreds of cultivars available. There are big ones, little ones, purple ones, gray ones, spider-webby ones, round ones, some with their chicks on long stolons, etc., etc.
On Aug 20, 2006, jjpm74 from Stratford, CT (Zone 6b) wrote:
This is a small, easy to grow attractive plant suitable for small spaces. It takes over whatever small space you leave for it and blooms once a year. This plant requires little care outside of making sure it has a sunny spot away from weeds and is superb for borders. One plant that will always find a place in my gardens.
On Jun 6, 2006, blackbunny from Provincetown, MA wrote:
I dug some of these up from an ancient graveyard next to our yard; they were decorating the tomb of a sailor who died at sea in the 19th century. Possibly these plants are 100 years old! They decorate my garden now, and while hardy, seem to grow slowly. I think they're pretty and I love the history they represent.
On Feb 24, 2006, EAPierce from Idaho Falls, ID (Zone 5a) wrote:
Hens and Chicks seems to need very little excuse to thrive. It spreads like wildfire, isn't picky about soil, moisture or light conditions, survives the harshest winters if not remaining green, and spreads. Oh, did I mention it spreads? And it's hard to get rid of once it takes off. It's a pretty plant, beautiful colors, great accent, but I'd never use it in anything but a container after the difficulty I had with a seedling I planted last year. After only two weeks I realized it was going to take over, and so had to yank it. I kept finding little bits of hens and chicks popping up for the rest of the season. I like it, but don't recommend it for any planting that isn't either in a container or a place you want it to spread freely in.
I tried these years ago, and killed them with love. I saw them elsewhere in the poorest of soils and as crowded as could be, and decided that was the way to go. I got another start, put them in hard clay and crowded them up. They thrived and multiplied, and I eventually got blooms. The blooms are not showy, but are interesting, and the “hen” dies afterward. Truly a plant that thrives on neglect.
On Oct 28, 2005, Sarahskeeper from Brockton, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:
This was the very first plant I tried to grow outdoors. 50+ years later I'm still growing them, all from that first clump.
I have one large clump I planted in the corner of a raised bed 10 or so years ago, they have migrated away from the bed to the asphalt driveway, in full sun. Only a small corner is actually in soil.
Never had one bloom though.
If you killed it, it is probably because you watered it.
Great little plant for youngsters to start with.
On Aug 31, 2005, KiMFDiM from Alden, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:
This plant overwinters well in Western New York. I have them in a flower garden and the winter snow does not seem to kill it. I also grow some as houseplants which spend the summer outside and the winter inside.
On Jul 23, 2004, pemwcorgi from Kalamazoo, MI wrote:
I have been using purple in color Hens and Chicks.I use them as ground cover around my ferns and other partial shade and full sun areas.Mind you these are the Hens and Chicks that I got from my grandmother before she passed away and she had them from the day I was born,and I am 33.
This plant is "AMAZING",I love it.
This is a very easy plant to grow. My grandmother gave me a pot of them a few years ago and now I have 6. I've given away two pots to friends. One did well, the other is still recovering back under my care (I think she over-watered the poor thing). This year I happened to notice that they were growing this tall shoots. Thought that was strange, so I looked it up. They are going to bloom? Cool!
I have two hens and chicks planted between two rocks, in soil that is barky and drains well. They get mid morning to early afternoon sun. It has been very nice here (Seattle area) lately in the 80's for several weeks. I water them every day. My friends and I have never seen h&c's this tall. They are 2ft plus right now. It looks like they are going to start blooming soon. All our other hens and chicks are just getting wider and only a few inches high.
These easy-to-grown plants fill in any space that needs filling.....between rocks, under bushes, in the sun, in the shade, just about anywhere. I moved a huge patch of them from one location to the next, simply setting them on the tilled soil and within two days, new shoots (baby chicks) were creeping from the bigger "hens." I have some very large patches growing and if I were to count each one, they would number over a thousand. Great gound cover with almost no care needed.
On Apr 15, 2003, Jesusfish from La Salle, IL wrote:
This plant I got from my grandmother which was her favorite. When she passed-away, all of her 23 grandchildren took home about 100 hen & chicks to plant in their own gardens, so her favorite would live on.
This is so easy to grow! Just let it go, and pull the "roosters" when the arise. That's what gramma said anyhow...
On Apr 12, 2003, DarkPhoenix from Sandpoint, ID wrote:
I just wanted to say that growing one type, Jovibarba, is VERY easy from seed! I had a very good percentage germinate, and they went from seed to plant that filled a 4" pot in one summer. No special treatment, just placed seed on soil surface and didn't cover.
Our Garden is full of Rocks! Big Rocks that were gathered from the Similkameen River and a nearby Creek. They edge all of the gardens and form a central "Rock Garden" whose focal point is stacked Rock towers. In almost every crevice, growing in nothing but sand, in most cases, are these wonderful evergreen plants. They don't care where they grow or what they grow in or how much water you do or don't give them. This is Very Hot semi-arid desert(Yes, we have it in Canada) with normally Very Cold winters. To grow Big Hens-remove all of the babies. Great fun and perfect for any Hot Arid Climate.
This is one of the most durable and rewarding plants to grow. It produces between 4-12 'chicks' a year so your collection is constantly growing. They bloom once (at the 2-3rd year) and then die...but they have left behind MANY babies in place.
To start another plant, remove one chick, leaving just a little of the stem and simply lay it on prepped soil. It should take root and start making chicks of it's own!
This plant varies in size from small hens about 1" to quite large semps 12" across. When they are getting ready to bloom, they get quite tall and have blooms on the stalk. Removing the blooms will not make them live longer :)
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
, (3 reports) Lincoln, Jones, Alabama Midland City, Alabama Tuscaloosa, Alabama Bear Creek, Alaska Flagstaff, Arizona Brentwood, California Clovis, California Paradise, California Perris, California Susanville, California Thousand Oaks, California Denver, Colorado Edgewater, Colorado Federal Heights, Colorado Redlands, Colorado Southington, Connecticut Ellendale, Delaware Pike Creek, Delaware Brandon, Florida Haverhill, Florida Keystone Heights, Florida Port St Lucie, Florida Between, Georgia Sandpoint, Idaho Banner, Illinois Chicago, Illinois Cobden, Illinois Hanover Park, Illinois Jacksonville, Illinois Macy, Indiana Oak Park, Indiana Terre Haute, Indiana Middle Amana, Iowa Wellington, Kansas Wichita, Kansas Broeck Pointe, Kentucky Hi Hat, Kentucky Louisville, Kentucky Mc Dowell, Kentucky Taylorsville, Kentucky Baton Rouge, Louisiana Millinocket, Maine Cresaptown-bel Air, Maryland Ferndale, Maryland Worton, Maryland Beverly, Massachusetts Hinsdale, Massachusetts Comstock Northwest, Michigan Gladstone, Michigan Mason, Michigan Mio, Michigan Pinconning, Michigan Saint Clair Shores, Michigan Blaine, Minnesota West Sullivan, Missouri Wolf Point, Montana Scribner, Nebraska Manchester, New Hampshire Hamilton, New Jersey Montclair, New Jersey Villas, New Jersey Corrales, New Mexico Roswell, New Mexico Endicott, New York Beaufort, North Carolina Elizabeth City, North Carolina Sanford, North Carolina Belfield, North Dakota Bucyrus, Ohio Canton, Ohio Cleveland, Ohio North Zanesville, Ohio South Bloomingville, Ohio Wetumka, Oklahoma Baker City, Oregon Cave Junction, Oregon Gold Hill, Oregon Hillsboro, Oregon Klamath Falls, Oregon Oregon City, Oregon Clairton, Pennsylvania East Washington, Pennsylvania Lancaster, Pennsylvania Milford, Pennsylvania Warrior Run, Pennsylvania Warwick, Rhode Island Clarksville, Tennessee Pocahontas, Tennessee Georgetown, Texas Katy, Texas Kempner, Texas Mesquite, Texas San Antonio, Texas Sherman, Texas Sunset Valley, Texas Wichita Falls, Texas Winnsboro, Texas Farr West, Utah Salt Lake City, Utah Big Stone Gap, Virginia Lexington, Virginia Newport News, Virginia Five Corners, Washington Kalama, Washington Millwood, Washington South Hill, Washington Spokane, Washington Beverly, West Virginia Madison, Wisconsin Bessemer Bend, Wyoming Sheridan, Wyoming