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Hens and Chicks CC Appletini Quart

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Appletini™ Hens And Chicks

Plant height:  2 inches

Flower Height:  12 inches

Spacing:  10 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  5a

Other Names:  House Leek

Group/Class:  Chick Charms® Series

Description:

This variety is quite hardy and drought tolerant, featuring symmetrical rosettes of apple green leaves with deep burgundy tips; lovely pink star flowers in summer; ideal for rock gardens and containers

Ornamental Features

Appletini™ Hens And Chicks features unusual clusters of pink star-shaped flowers rising above the foliage in mid-summer. Its attractive succulent pointy leaves remain light green in colour with prominent burgundy tips and tinges of black throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Appletini™ Hens And Chicks is a dense herbaceous perennial with tall flower stalks held atop a low mound of foliage. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should not require much pruning, except when necessary, such as to remove dieback. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favour of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Spreading

Appletini™ Hens And Chicks is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Appletini™ Hens And Chicks will grow to be only 2 inches tall at maturity extending to 12 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 12 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 10 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in sandy soils, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

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