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Set B6 - Wild Flowers Series 2 - card information

44. House Leek (Sempervivum tectorum L.)

44. House Leek

The native homes of this plant are the great mountains of central and southern Europe, but it was introduced into Britain centuries ago, and was planted on cottage roofs and stone walls, and it is in these situations we find it. Around the parent plant small rosettes of fleshy leaves grow, and these in their turn throw out more rosettes, so that quite large areas may be covered. Sempervivum means "live for ever"