10 Reasons We Love Heuffelii

MCG Staff
6th Sep 2018

Tucked into the Sempervivum genus, there is a remarkable group of succulents called Sempervivum heuffelii. They're a twist on the classic semp rosette and they never fail to spark interest with their jaw-dropping shapes and colors. Gardeners, landscapers, and plant enthusiasts can't get enough of them because their no-fuss, low-maintenance growth makes them ideal for planting outside through a wide range of climates.

However, many people do not know much about them, or even how to pronounce heuffelii (it's hew-FELL-ee-eye, by the way). With that in mind, we wanted to let everybody know ten reasons why we love these awesome hardy succulents!

Sempervivum heuffelii

1. Stunning Year-Round Color

While most plants only show their best and brightest colors in spring and summer, S. heuffelii keep most of their color all year long. With a rich color palette of both jewel tones and pastels, they're a great way to add winter interest to any garden or outdoor planter.

Sempervivum heuffelii 'Bros'
Sempervivum heuffelii 'Bros'

2. Easy to Grow

S. heuffelii are extremely forgiving of imperfect growing conditions. They will resiliently take root while you figure out a watering schedule and grow steadily in locations that are too sunny or shady for other succulents. They will even tolerate sunny indoor growing conditions better than most other hardy succulents.

Sempervivum heuffelii 'Fandango'
Sempervivum heuffelii 'Fandango'

3. Glowing Edges

The shapes of these rosettes and the patterns they form as a group are remarkable. Many varieties have a bright, white outline of cilia hairs on the leaf edges that highlights their delicately curved form. Some appear to glow in the sun!

Sempervivum heuffelii 'Beacon Hill'
Sempervivum heuffelii 'Beacon Hill'

4. Unique Propagation

You can read more about heuffelii division by following this link, but the bottom line for succulent gardeners is that you you can make cuttings to replant offsets or take a completely hands-off approach. They'll multiply and look fantastic either way!

Sempervivum heuffelii 'Giuseppi Spiny'
Sempervivum heuffelii 'Giuseppi Spiny'

5. Tidy, Dense Mats

Heuffelii have an attractive growth habit of forming tight clumps, mounding colonies, and dense mats. As a clump grows and expands outwards, it makes a neat ground cover, filling in all the available space.

Sempervivum heuffelii 'Irene'
Sempervivum heuffelii 'Irene'

6. Low Maintenance Needs

Whether you forget about a planter or just want to go on vacation without pestering a neighbor to take care of your plants, S. heuffelii can handle it. They'll look great and save you time, water, and effort while they're at it.

Sempervivum heuffelii 'Bermuda'
Sempervivum heuffelii 'Bermuda'

7. Frost Hardy

Residents of USDA hardiness zone 4 and up can confidently plant S. heuffelii in the ground as they are cold tolerant down to -30F. In fact, they overwinter best under a blanket of snow as it protects them from moisture and rot (more info here). Gardeners wanting to keep them inside through the winter will also see them thrive when kept by a sunny window.

Sempervivum heuffelii 'Purple Spring'
Sempervivum heuffelii 'Purple Spring'

8. Great Variety

From yellow to purple, fuzzy to glossy, S. heuffelii will continually intrigue with a wide range of unique traits. There's such a beautiful diversity of colors, shapes, and textures represented that everyone can find the perfect plant to complement their garden.

Sempervivum heuffelii 'Aphrodite'
Sempervivum heuffelii 'Aphrodite'

9. Durability and Longevity

Heuffelii have tougher leaves than most succulents and are less susceptible to damage from weather and handling. Each rosette can also live for many years as they tend to bloom less frequently than most Sempervivum. Their long life spans mean less maintenance work for you.

Sempervivum heuffelii 'Minutum'
Sempervivum heuffelii 'Minutum'

10. Uncommon Awesomeness

Heuffelii are still tough to find in most garden centers and online succulent stores, so these eye-catchers are sure to make your plantings stand out from the crowd.

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