growing near my hens and chickens -
by Barbara Arlen
(Santa Fe, NM)
I am in Santa Fe, NM and just found a succulent (I think) growing near my hens and chickens. I first thought it was wild but now I think it is not. It is spiney but starlike and a yellow green. It grew very fast and looks like it will be a shrub?
Hi Barbara, that's interesting. I don't think it's any kind of succulent; it could be a native wildflower (that always sounds better than 'weed', don't you think?) and without seeing it bloom it could be almost anything. I would wait and see what it looks like as it grows, as long as it's not covering up your Sempervivum.
It could be some kind of cultivated perennial plant too - some of these will reseed in odd places. Let me know what the flowers look like, and maybe I'll have more ideas of what it could be.