Hardy Succulents: Intriguing variety, color, and texture. Cold and frost hardy down to at least zone 5 (with certain varieties hardy to zone 4 or zone 3), easy to propagate, and low maintenance.
Folklore: Sempervivum, Sedum, and Jovibarba are considered ‘Old World Treasures’ and are associated with mythology. During early centuries in Scandinavian countries, certain hardy succulents were called "Thor’s Helper" and were believed to drive off demons and guard homes if planted on roofs. Jovibarba derived its name during Roman times, when they were known as "Beard of Jupiter" and were planted on roofs to guard against lightning. This myth spread throughout Europe to Ireland where they were described as "a wee cabbage sat down, on my roof." The name Sempervivum means “always alive” and tectorum is taken from the Latin tectum, meaning roof.