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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.
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(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
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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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Here I've used a bowl and planted a mix of stonecrop and houseleek. Sedum 'Cape Blanco' holds an RHS Award of Garden Merit and has golden flower heads over mats of small rosettes with silvery-white flesh.
Frost-hardy plants, on the other hand, such as sempervivum - houseleek - and papaver - poppy - can be planted directly in the garden.
50-54 Hens and chicks, Sempervivum 35-47 houseleek Jade plant Crassula argentea 50-60 (Crassula portulaca, Crassula arborescens) Kalanchoe Kalanchoe spp.
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.
This was proved upon Sr Jon Wilton, & many more." Breast milk also was employed in a treatment "for heat in the Kidnies," in combination with houseleek, plantane, rose water, and wine vinegar.(20) As late as the second half of the eighteenth century, breast milk still was recommended as an ingredient in medicinal recipes.
Healing: Comfrey, Houseleek, Lady's Mantle, Linden flowers, Mint, Nettle, Yarrow
Echeveria setosa is a small plant, looks a bit like a houseleek but has lovely flowering spikes in the summer.
arachnoideum has gray green rosettes crisscrossed with filaments resembling cobwebs (the plants common name is cobweb houseleek); bright red flowers are borne on 4- to 6-inch stems.