Thursday, 19 July 2012

Some Sempervivum flowers

Many of my plants are now flowering well, so here is a gallery of some of them.  The names are those under which they were originally aquired and sometimes do not fit the description of what they are supposed to be very well:

20120712 Sempervivum ballsii from Kambeecho flower

Sempervivum ballsii from Kambeecho, a place in north eastern Greece near Aetomilitsa, one of the highest villages in the country.

20120712 Sempervivum Green Ice flower

Sempervivum Green Ice.  This looks like a large form of S. arachnoideum.

20120712 Sempervivum kosaninii flower

Sempervivum kosaninii.  Named, I think, after the Serbian botanist Nedeljko Košanin (1874-1934).

20120712 Sempervivum Rheinhardt flower

Sempervivum 'Reinhard' (sometimes spelt 'Reinhardt').  Raised by Martin Fischer from Germany in1979.  One parent said to be S. cantabricum.

IMG_0409 Sempervivum Tristesse

Sempervivum 'Tristesse'  A cultivar of S. calcareum raised by Gustaaf van der Steen in the Netherlands in 1984.

IMG_0412 Noir auctt

Sempervivum 'Noir'.  Parents: S. "marmoreum" collected on Monte Tirone x S. tectorum 'Nigrum'.  Monte Tirone is in Italy.  Raised by Nicholas Moore in Britain in 1950.

Last but not least, one of my unnamed cultivars has produced a magnificent fastigiate or cristate flowering stalk like the business end of a coral reef:

IMG_0417 fastigiate


  1. The photo of flowering crested plant is fantastic!

    1. It is the plant that is fantastic! The basal rosettes are all quite normal and uncrested, so I think this will be a one off. However, I will save some seed and see what I get (trouble is the quantity of seed produced by such a group of flowers will be prodigious). I will also see whether the normal rosettes at the base of the plant will adopt cristate form when they flower.