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by Ben
(Port St. Lucie, Florida, U.S.A.)


I just got this Sempervivum. I have no clue what kind it is. Can you please maybe tell me something about it. I hope this photo is good enough. It has sort of green and purple kind of leaves.



Hi Ben, much better pictures – but there is still no way of determining exactly which variety, or even which species you have.

These guys change all the time; I constantly go and look at them, because week to week, they show differences in colors, watermarks, and size.

You might want to check through the pages in the Sempervivum Picture Gallery and you’ll see what I mean. The little slideshow at the bottom of each of those four pages illustrates just how much the exact same plant can alter its appearance.

You can pretty much rule out the cobweb types, because there is no webbing at all.

Tectorum species are smooth, with very variable features such as the length and width of the leaves. This is most likely the background species, however, some of the marmoreum are very similar.

See more about how to grow Sempervivum here.

I’m sure you’ll enjoy it, even un-named – these plants are really quite addictive…