Growing these hardy succulents in garden beds, xeric garden display gardens, in rock walls or succulent crafts gives so much pleasure.
I can happily gaze on them for ages, remarking on their forms and colors - all different from each other, and all unique.
There are fuzzy, tiny species like some of the arachnoideum, the cobwebs; richly colored tectorum, dark tipped calcereum, and they all reproduce in a unique fashion; some have long stolons, parking the chicks well away from the hens skirts.
Others have a chick below every layer of leaves, tightly clustered and eventually forming a compact carpet.
The colors change frequently; that's what makes these plants so fascinating.
Each week it seems they will alter their hue, or the center of the rosette will become darker. I can verify that they do indeed change - it's not a myth.
In this Sempervivum Picture Gallery, the varieties and species listed from E to L in the alphabet show off their lovely shapes, shades and textures.
Mouse over them to see the names.
Don't miss the other three pages linked at the bottom of the page.
If you have Sempervivum in your xeric garden, you'll already be aware of how they change throughout the growing season, adding even more interest than their textures and forms.
Cooler nights or warmer days can trigger these amazing transformations, sometimes even the same plant can look completely different in a matter of days. See this first hand - the photographs are arranged with the same Sempervivum variety in two different seasons shown vertically. Are you as enthralled as I am with their dramatic changes?