Low-water landscapes filled with colorful succulents continue to surge in popularity as architects and nurseries discover extraordinary species and hybrids. Topping the list as one of the most popular are "hens-and-chicks," a common name given to two species that look similar but are suited to very different climates.
Botanical name: Sempervivum spp.
Common names: Hens-and-chicks, houseleeks
USDA zones: Typically 4-9 (hardiness varies between species)
Water requirement: Little to moderate
Sun requirement: Full sun
Mature size: Mature rosettes vary from ½" to 6" in diameter
Tolerances: Frost resistant, drought
Benefits: Crushed leaves used medicinally to treat burns, warts and other skin irritations