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Sempervivum 'Oddity'

Family: Crassulaceae (krass-yoo-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Sempervivum (sem-per-VEE-vum) (Info)
Cultivar: Oddity

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under 6 in. (15 cm)
6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

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)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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4 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Old_Farmer On Nov 7, 2006, Old_Farmer from Napier, WV (Zone 5b) wrote:

My 'Oddity' occasionally has a tendency to mutate with completely flat leaves. Could 'Oddity" have been a seedling from 'Emrald Giant'? I have had 7 plants mutate with all leaves flat and it looks exactly like 'Emrald Giant'. I have never seen either of these seed and my plants are seperated in two different greenhouses. If anyone else has wittnessed this please comment about it here.

Positive HarryAvis On Mar 17, 2005, HarryAvis from Oaxaca
Mexico wrote:

Grows and spreads in poor soil with little water and here in Oaxaca, Mexico makes a wonderful ground cover. Propagates as easily as any plant I know of. My sempervivum may not be the hybrid, but the growth habits are the same.

Positive daryl On Aug 16, 2004, daryl from vernon, BC (Zone 6a) wrote:

I just love this sempervivum and it certainly is an 'oddity',looks great in an alpine or in a desert scape garden. Easy to just break off a piece and transplant .

Positive Happenstance On Apr 9, 2004, Happenstance from Northern California, CA wrote:

Oddity was developed by American succulent enthusiast Sandy McPherson, was introduced to gardeners in 1977, and won the 1978 Bronze Rosette Award for best new variety.

Very reminiscent of Crassula ovata cv. 'Gollum' (syn. Crassula ovata cv. 'Hobbit').


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Carlsbad, California
Clayton, California
Reseda, California
Roswell, New Mexico
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Dallas, Oregon
Gold Hill, Oregon
Christiana, Tennessee
Clarksville, Tennessee
White Center, Washington
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Tomah, Wisconsin

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