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Product title: Cobweb Hens & Chicks (Sempervivum arachnoideum)

Common Names: Cobweb Hens & Chicks

Product title: Cobweb Hens & Chicks (Sempervivum arachnoideum)

Common Names: Cobweb Hens & Chicks


  • Outdoor plants that require sunlight and air.  
  • Tiny and compact in size. Ideally grown in pots or small containers. 
  • Being highly adaptable, they can be grown across diverse climatic zones.
  • Succulent plant that grows in clumps with many pups around the mother.
  • Sports green rosettes with white, hairy webbing
  • This plant is monocarpic i.e., it blooms only once and then dies
  • With shallow yet fibrous roots, the have a firm grip on the soil and grow even in vertical plantings
  • Non-toxic

About the plant: 

Cobweb Hens & Chicks are ground-hugging, clump-forming succulents with green rosettes that are covered in a white, hairy webbing. This plant derives its unique name after the person who first discovered the existence of this species. Of all Hen & Chick varieties, the Cobweb Hens & Chick is the one that is beautiful and appealing to the eyes. They are tiny, compact and within a short span of time produce colonies of chicks that are huddled close to each other.  As these plants are usually found in deserts / arid regions, the succulent parts of the plant have been so designed to store water and help the plant battle extreme weather conditions.


Cobweb Hens & Chicks thrive only when they have adequate exposure sunlight 

Cobweb Hens & Chicks survive when planted in well-drained soil. 

This plant requires very little water and water only when the top surface is completely dry. 

This succulent propagates through the pups that grow around the mother. When separated and planted, these pups become the mother around which other pups grow.


Light : Cobweb Hens & Chicks need to be exposed to sunlight in abundance. In fact, when grown indoors in insufficient light, the plant starts stretching / elongating towards the source of light. This process is called etiolation.  

Water : Water requirement is very sparse. 

Soil : The soil must be well-drained and dry for most part as standing water causes the roots to rot. This plant grows well even if the soil is not very fertile.



This is a rock garden plant, that grows slowly to form tight mounds of small “chicks”. The mother should be deadheaded after blooming and the spent rosette should be removed to make room for fresh growth. 

Once the mother blooms, it is better to uproot the entire plant from the pot and separate the pups. After beheading the mother, the pups can be separated from the mother either by cutting them off using a sharp knife or by gently twisting the pup off the mother plant. Bigger pups have better chances of survival than smaller ones. Similarly, those with roots have a better chance of survival. Even those that do not have any roots, develop some once they are planted separately in the soil.


  • Ideal choice for those who want to start a rock garden or grow alpine plants. 
  • Easily adapts to the soil and weather where it grows.
  • Drought resistant – This plant requires very little water and can survive harsh summers with very little water.
  • Low – Maintenance – This plant does not require any special care or attention. Watering it once in a week even if you are living in humid weather conditions will help the plant survive and grow.
  • Good for containers – This plant is ideally suited for small containers or ports and can enhance your mood when placed on the window sill of your room.
  • Groundcover – It can also be used to cover up the ground and provide good foliage so that the soil below is not visible.
  • Attracts butterflies making your garden colorful both in terms of fauna and flora.

Medical Benefits: 

The leaves of hens and chicks have been used as herbal remedies since ancient times. The extract from freshly pressed leaves is used as a substitute for aloe vera to treat sores, insect bites and burns of low severity. A few studies have shown that the extracts from these plants have some antioxidant and antimicrobial properties as well. Plants that have withstood extreme conditions like soil drought have higher levels of antioxidant compounds compared to others that are grown in normal conditions.

Product Description: 

  • Cobweb Hens & Chicks plant in dimensions Pot. Great for decorating your space!
  • Cobweb Hens & Chicks plants come in dimensions pots with our own premium soil blend.
  • Fast shipping anywhere in Coimbatore, usually within 24 hours of ordering. This will ship directly from our greenhouse to your door. Our plants never sit in dark warehouses.
  • Expert packaging and guaranteed live arrival. We also include an extended guarantee for 30 days from delivery!
  • Comes with a FREE color postcard with care instructions/DIY spade.
Common Name  Cobweb Hens & Chicks
Botanical Name  Sempervivum arachnoideum Cobweb
Plant Type  Rock garden plant
Maximum growth  


1 inch tall
Light  Full sun
Soil pH 
Soil Type  Low-fertility, well-drained soil
Watering frequency  Sparse. Once a week in summer and once a fortnight in winter
Bloom time  Mid to Late Summer
Flower Color  Silver
Toxicity  Non-toxic 
Difficulty level  Easy to grow