Sempervivum (Hens and Chicks) 'Gold Nugget'
Size: 1 quart pot, 1 gallon pot
Light: Full Sun
Photo by Spring Hill Nursery
Hens and chicks (Sempervivum tectorum) is a mat-forming succulent native to Europe and Africa. Its growth habit features fleshy pointed leaves arranged in rosettes. The parent rosettes are the "hens" and the smaller rosettes that spring from them are the "chicks." Over time, this ground-hugging plant with a fondness for sandy, gravelly soil will spread to form colonies 2 feet wide or more. Although typically grown for its interesting shape and succulent leaves (usually red, green, blue, gold, or copper), hens and chicks does sometimes flower on tall stalks. (Source: The Spruce) These little rosettes make such mesmerizing geometric patterns. But what makes Gold Nugget a truly special variety of Hens & Chicks is the color change. The succulent foliage starts lime-green in summer, and then turns gold with red tips when the weather gets cold. This is a great way to make your winter garden feel festive. Just keep it protected from snow, and it'll last into the holiday season. Gold Nugget is low maintenance, drought tolerant and reliable. Spread it as a ground cover, naturalize it in little patches around a rock garden or make a beautiful backdrop in your container garden with it. (Source: Spring Hill Nursery)