Sempervivum 'Fame Monstrose'
Sempervivum 'Fame Monstrose' is a monstrose sport of Sempervivum 'Fame', a hybrid created by Nicholas Moore.
Sempervivum 'Fame Monstrose', also sold as Sempervivum 'Fantasy', is a small succulent that forms rosettes of thick, fleshy leaves that contort into odd shapes, giving the plant a pine cone-like appearance. The leaves are pastel green towards the tips and pink-purple towards the base. During the summer, they can become almost entirely pink-purple. Sometimes, a contorted rosette may produce normal offsets, while a normal rosette may produce contorted offsets.
USDA hardiness zones 4a to 9b: from −30 °F (−34.4 °C) to 30 °F (−1.1 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Sempervivums are not difficult to grow, provided they are not waterlogged and killed from excess watering. They can be easily grown outdoors and in containers, and they earned the name "Houseleeks" from their tendency to root on the roofs of houses. After the mother plant flowers, it will naturally die, but by this time, the plant has likely produced many offsets that will continue to grow. These are excellent for cold windows. Sempervivum earned their popular name, Hens and Chicks, from their growth habit. The mother plant, or hen, sends off numerous offsets, which will cluster around her base like chicks. These offsets can be easily repotted, or the plants can be left to form a clumping mat.
Repot as needed, preferably during the warm season. To repot a succulent, ensure the soil is dry before repotting, then gently remove the pot. Knock away the old soil from the roots, removing any rotted or dead roots. Treat any cuts with a fungicide. Place the plant in its new pot and backfill it with potting soil, spreading the roots as you repot. Leave the plant dry for a week or so, then begin to water lightly to reduce the risk of root rot.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Sempervivum.
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