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Any of various succulent plants of the genus Sempervivum of Eurasia, having leaves arranged in rosettes and pinkish flowers, especially the common houseleek (S. tectorum). Houseleeks are often cultivated as garden plants and have traditionally been grown on roofs in Europe. Also called live-forever, sempervivum.


(Plants) any Old World crassulaceous plant of the genus Sempervivum, esp S. tectorum, which has a rosette of succulent leaves and pinkish flowers: grows on walls. Also called: hen-and-chickens



a succulent plant, Sempervivum tectorum, of the stonecrop family, native to Europe, having reddish flowers and leaves forming dense basal rosettes.
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Echeveria setosa, meanwhile, is a small plant that looks a bit like a houseleek but has lovely flowering spikes in the summer.
Some have picturesque names, like broad-lipped purple side-saddle flower, cobweb houseleek, lion's tail phlomis, livid hellebore, melancholy toadflax, parrot-beaked heliconia, and warty St.
Houseleek or hens and chicks (sempervivium tectorum) can be used much like aloe, and it's winter hardy.
Breast milk also was employed in a treatment "for heat in the Kidnies," in combination with houseleek, plantane, rose water, and wine vinegar.
Echeveria setosa is a small plant, looks a bit like a houseleek but has lovely flowering spikes in the summer.
These little beauties, also known as the houseleek, are a must for any rock garden or scree bed, their pretty rosettes creating soft and subtle evergreen interest, especially when dusted with winter frost.
Arachnoideum, the cobweb houseleek - green and pink rosettes with a dense covering of white hairs
THIS week's plant, the sempervivum or houseleek, is a great favourite of mine.
Try planting the houseleek Sempervivum arachnoideum which has evergreen leaves tipped with red then covered with a web of silvery-white hairs - and not a spider in sight
THE plant is correctly called Sempervivum, but is listed in the books as Houseleek.
Among them is vivid pink-flowered Tacitus bellus, a form of houseleek from Mexico, which is not thought to be on sale in Britain but ``grows like a weed'' as stock is passed between society members.
Like many succulents, these won't survive the winter outdoors so, for a permanent display, look to Sempervivums, otherwise known as houseleeks, which are the hardiest of succulents and look wonderful in a rockery or alpine garden.