Browsing category: Sempervivums (Hens & Chicks)

Sempervivum ‘Purdy’s 70-40’

It’s difficult for me to choose one sempervivum as my favorite (except for Oddity, of course… that is always number one) because each one is special in its own way. However, Purdy’s 70-40 has to be near the top of the list.

Sempervivum tectorum ‘Oddity’

Oddity is usually classified as a large sempervivum and a mature rosette can have an astounding number of tubular leaves. I have counted as many as seventy-five tubes on one rosette.

One of Nature’s Small Miracles

When the snow melted early this past spring, I was horrified to discover that the deer had totally decimated all of the sempervivums in several large gardens. They didn’t leave a single plant… each one was eaten right down to the ground.

When “Have a Nice Day” Just Wasn’t Enough

After the deer demolished the sempervivums in my gardens, the one I most wanted to replace was a strange-looking little sempervivum called Oddity. It forms a rosette like the others, but instead of the leaves being flat, they are open green tubes tipped with red.

The Destruction of My Sempervivums

I did the first thing I always do each spring… I checked on my sempervivums. The deer had completely destroyed my sempervivums by eating them down to the ground. The damage they did this winter is devastating.