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Sempervivum 'Lilac Time'

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

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9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
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
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
Plant is viviparous

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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2 positives
No neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Sally_Denver On Aug 26, 2005, Sally_Denver from Denver, CO (Zone 5b) wrote:

I was given a Semp "Lilac Time" after a show at the Denver Botanic Gardens, where it was labeled, so I assume it is the same plant. However, I grow mine in a sunny (summer) rock garden in Denver. It is a slow grower for me, but produced a very short seed stalk this year. The outer leaves flushed an incredible lilac-pink during this bloom. Mine is more like Todd's color in the winter, when it gets no direct sun.

11/13/05 - Lilac Time is now in full shade for the winter. The main rosette that bloomed is jsut about dead, but still flushed that incredible, well, lilac color. The adjacent rosettes are all green, going over to blue. The little clump that has had more recent sun still has some lilac color. WIll post pix.

Positive Todd_Boland On Jan 10, 2005, Todd_Boland from St. John's, NL (Zone 5b) wrote:

A subtle-colored sempervivum, this one has a purplish-grey cast to the foliage. The rosettes are moderate to large-sized.


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

Dallas, Oregon
Gold Hill, Oregon

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