House-leek - Sempervivum tectorum

Alternative names
Hens and Chicks and as St Patrick's Cabbage

A vigorous, mat-forming plant with clusters of fleshy rosettes to 8 or 10cm in width, the leaves blue-green often suffused with reddish-purple. Starry purplish flowers are borne in flat cymes on stems to 20cm in height.

Identification difficulty

Dry places, walls, roof tops and sandy soils.

When to see it

Flowering around July and August.

Life History

Evergreen perennial.

UK Status

Widespread in England and Wales as a garden escape persisting in old walls etc.

VC55 Status

Infrequently recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland. It was not recorded in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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