Adding Succulent Plants to Your Rock Wall

Succulent plants is in the cactus family. So you know right there that you wont have to water them. They are so easy to take care of and they are beautiful in your rock wall. They are the newchoice instead of using ferns.

The most commen one to use is called Hen and chicks (also known as Hen-and-chickens) is a common name for a group of small succulents belonging to the flowering plant family Crassulaceae , native to Europe and northern Africa . They grow close to the ground with leaves formed around each other in a rosette , and propagating by offsets . The “hen” is the main plant, and the “chicks” are the offspring, which start as tiny buds on the main plant and soon sprout their own roots, taking up residence close to the mother plant.

Hen and chicks is also the popular name of a strain of opium poppy , Papaver somniferum, in which the seed head is surrounded by clusters of smaller heads.

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How to:

Prep your rock wall by removing all weeds and debris. You can purchase Hen and Chick at most home improvent store in the garden section. They are pretty reasonable in price too. You just need to plant one every so often. They do spread and fill in the gaps.


Aside from the common morphology, the many species of hen and chicks differ widely in appearance. Colours range from lime green to burgundy to purple, and size varies from as small as 1 cm to as large as 20 cm across. The leaves can be thin and spiky or thick and rounded with a pointed tip. Some, such as Cobweb Houseleek, have fine spiderweb-like filaments that grow naturally from leaf edge to leaf edge, forming a white cover on the top of the plant, while others have fine hairs that cover the entire plant structure.

Upon maturity (usually around three to four years old) the plant will send up a single stalk that can reach 5-25 cm tall. The head of the stalk is a cluster of star-shaped flower buds 1-2 cm in diameter, which range in color from dark pink to yellow and that flower for several weeks. After blooming, the plant will die. Usually by this time it has produced many offsets (‘chicks’).



Hen and chicks are popular in gardens for their varied and interesting appearance and hardiness. They are grown as container planting or in rock gardens. They do best in well-drained, rocky soil; if they stay wet, the outer leaves will rot. Although they do best in sun, they will grow in light shade.

These cute little plants will take the place of your weeds. They alsoadd unique beauty to your rock walls. So easy to maintain yet they will add elegance to your yard.


Some information provided to you on Hen and Chicksby Wikipedia®

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Leslie Pleasants is the founder of Today's Every Mom. Inspired by her own busy life with kiddos she set out to create a spot where Moms of any stage or age could find relevant and resourceful advice.


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