There are about 40 species of low-growing succulents in the Sempervivum genus, native to Europe, Morocco and western Asia. Commonly called the houseleeks, or hen and chicks, although this latter name is also applied to other genera. Another common name is live forever and this is actually where the genus name comes from the Latin semper “always” and vivus “living”.
They are rosette forming plants that spread through offsets and popular as ground covers for dry, sunny locations. Most are monocarpic meaning that they flower once and die, but before then they will provide many offshoots.
Name Derivation: Latin semper "always" and vivus "living"
Common Name: Houseleeks
Sempervivum is in the family Crassulaceae.