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Care of the plant Sempervivum arachnoideum or Cobweb house-leek.

Care of the plant Sempervivum arachnoideum or Cobweb house-leek

The genus Sempervivum, family Crassulaceae, comprises 40 species of succulent plants native to North Africa, the Middle East and Europe. Some species are: Sempervivum arachnoideum, Sempervivum tectorum, Sempervivum calcareum, Sempervivum montanum, Sempervivum minutum.

Common names: Cobweb house-leek, Hens & Chicks, Cobweb Houseleek. This species is native to Europe.

They are small succulent plants that form rosettes of leaves of 5 cm in diameter. They are excellent covering plants that spread through stolons forming compact groups. The leaves are oblong and appear to have spider webs at their ends. The flowers are red and appear in inflorescences of 10-15 cm. They bloom in summer. It's important to know that the rosettes that bloom die but produce more side rosettes.

They are used in rockeries and in pots for balconies, terraces and patios.

Sempervivum arachnoideum grows in full sun or light shade exposures, especially in very hot regions. They resist frost but not intense heat.

The soil can be a normal garden substrate with 20% coarse sand.

Always water moderately, waiting until the soil has dried; they resist drought very well.

They are propagated from the suckers that the mother plant produces and that easily root.

Images of the plant Sempervivum arachnoideum or Cobweb house-leek

Sempervivum arachnoideum
Sempervivum arachnoideum
Sempervivum arachnoideum
Sempervivum arachnoideum
Sempervivum arachnoideum
Sempervivum arachnoideum
 

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