Hens and Chicks Jovibarba allionii 'Oki'

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Not blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
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The Jovibarba allionii 'Oki', commonly known as hens and chicks or houseleek, is a perennial succulent that exhibits a rosette-like form. Its appearance is highlighted by the tight clusters of fleshy leaves that may vary in color from green to a reddish hue at the tips, giving it a two-toned effect. The leaves are thick, with a slightly pointed tip, which enhances their succulent nature designed for water storage. Over time, the central rosette can produce smaller offshoots or 'chicks' that surround the 'hen' or mother plant, creating a mat-like spread. These young rosettes are attached to the parent plant by stolon-like runners and can eventually root and grow independently. The plant has a robust, yet compact look, often described as a symmetrical and geometric growth pattern, making it popular in rock gardens and as ground cover. The textured surface of the leaves may appear somewhat glaucous, giving them a subtle sheen. Hens and chicks are noted for their impressive adaptability and their ability to thrive in a variety of conditions, often in poor soils where other plants might not survive.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Oki Hen-and-Chicks, Oki Houseleek

    • Common names

      Sempervivum allionii, Sedum allionii, Jovibarba hirta subsp. allionii, Jovibarba globifera subsp. allionii.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Jovibarba allionii, commonly known as hens and chicks, is generally considered non-toxic to humans. Ingesting any part of this plant is unlikely to cause poisoning or serious health consequences. However, it is always advisable to avoid eating ornamental plants as they are not intended for human consumption.

    • To pets

      Hens and chicks, the common name for Jovibarba allionii, is typically safe and not toxic to pets. Ingestion of the plant should not lead to any significant toxic effect. Nonetheless, it is recommended to monitor pets to prevent them from eating plants as a precautionary measure.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      0.5 feet (15 cm)

    • Spread

      0.5 feet (15 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Low Maintenance: Jovibarba allionii 'Oki', commonly known as Hens and Chicks, requires minimal watering and no fertilizer, making it an easy-to-care-for plant for gardeners of all levels.
    • Drought Tolerant: It thrives in dry conditions, perfect for regions prone to drought or for those who prefer water-wise gardens.
    • Cold Hardy: This plant is resilient in cold temperatures, able to survive in USDA hardiness zones of 4 through 8, making it a great choice for colder climates.
    • Attractive Foliage: The rosettes of Hens and Chicks provide textural diversity in gardens or as groundcover, with colorful foliage that can add visual interest throughout the seasons.
    • Erosion Control: Its mat-forming characteristic helps stabilize soil and prevent erosion on slopes or in rock gardens.
    • Propagation Ease: This succulent propagates easily from offsets, making it simple to expand your garden or share with friends without the need for buying new plants.
    • Versatility in Landscaping: Hens and Chicks can be grown in containers, rockeries, between paving stones, and various other settings, offering great versatility in landscape design.
    • Pest Resistant: Generally resistant to pests, reducing the need for chemical treatments and making it a good choice for organic gardening.
    • Long-Lived Perennial: As a perennial, it will return year after year, providing long-term structure in the garden with little effort.
    • Year-Round Interest: It remains evergreen throughout the year, offering continuity in the garden even when other plants die back in winter.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Jovibarba allionii 'Oki', or commonly known as hens and chicks, can be used as a living mulch, as the dense mat it forms can cover the soil and reduce weed growth.
    • These succulents can be planted in gaps between paving stones or in rock walls where they can tolerate the shallow soil and enhance the aesthetic with their rosette pattern.
    • The drought-tolerant nature of hens and chicks makes them ideal for xeriscaping, which is landscaping designed to reduce or eliminate the need for irrigation.
    • Hens and chicks can be a creative medium for succulent art; you can use these plants to create patterns or shapes in living art installations.
    • They can be used in green roofing projects due to their low maintenance needs and ability to thrive in shallow substrates while providing thermal insulation.
    • These plants are beneficial for creating a wildlife-friendly garden as they can provide shelter for small insects and arthropods.
    • Hens and chicks can serve as a natural carpet for fairy gardens or miniature landscapes, adding realism and variety to the scene with their compact growth habit.
    • The rosettes can act as soil stabilizers on slopes or banks by holding the earth with their root systems, thereby reducing soil erosion.
    • They make excellent ground cover for sunny spots in the garden, filling spaces with their diverse range of leaf colors and textures, which can complement a variety of garden designs.
    • Due to their hardy nature, hens and chicks can be used in education for children or gardening beginners to demonstrate plant growth and propagation without the need for extensive care or watering.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The plant Jovibarba is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The plant Jovibarba is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Resilience: Given its succulent nature and ability to thrive in rocky, alpine conditions, Jovibarba allionii 'Oki', commonly known as Rollers, symbolizes resilience and the capacity to endure challenging environments.
    • Adaptability: The plant's capability to adapt to poor soils and drought conditions reflects the symbolism of adaptability and the ability to survive in less than ideal situations.
    • Protection: Tradition holds that Rollers have been used on rooftops to protect against lightning, associating them with the symbolism of protection and safety.
    • Eternal Love: Thanks to their perennial nature and the way they propagate by producing offsets that continue to grow, Rollers symbolize eternal love and the continuity of affection.
    • Self-Sufficiency: Because the plant can regenerate from offsets without much external intervention, it embodies the trait of self-sufficiency.

Every 1-2 weeks
500 - 2500 Lux
Every 1-2 years
Spring-Early Summer
Not needed
  • water dropWater

    The Hen and Chicks plant, commonly known as Jovibarba allionii 'Oki', should be watered sparingly to replicate its natural arid environment. During the active growing season in spring and summer, water the plant thoroughly, allowing the soil to dry out completely before the next watering. On average, this might be equivalent to providing approximately 1 gallon of water every two weeks, depending on the climate and indoor conditions. It is crucial to avoid overwatering and ensure proper drainage to prevent root rot. During the winter, when the plant is dormant, reduce watering frequency to once a month or less, monitoring the soil moisture levels.

  • sunLight

    Hen and Chicks thrive best in full sunlight to partial shade. Place the Jovibarba allionii 'Oki' in a location where it can receive at least 6 hours of direct sunlight daily. While it can tolerate some shade, optimal growth and vibrant coloration are achieved with ample sunshine. If grown indoors, a south-facing window makes an ideal spot for this succulent.

  • thermometerTemperature

    The Hen and Chicks plant prefers moderate to warm temperatures, with an ideal range between 65°F and 75°F. Jovibarba allionii 'Oki' can withstand temperatures as low as 40°F and as high as 80°F, but should be protected from frost and extreme heat. The plant is cold-hardy and can survive brief periods of cooler weather, but sustained cold can damage it.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning of the Hen and Chicks, Jovibarba allionii 'Oki', is primarily for removing dead or damaged leaves and offset removal. Gently pull away the offsets from the main rosette to propagate or maintain the plant's shape. Pruning is best done in early spring or after flowering. There is no strict frequency for pruning, as it should be done as needed when the plant appears overcrowded or to enhance its appearance.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Hen and chicks prefer well-draining soil with a mix of potting soil, coarse sand, and perlite or pumice. Aim for a soil pH range of 6.0 to 7.5 for optimal growth.

  • plantRepotting

    Hen and chicks should be repotted every two to three years to rejuvenate the soil and accommodate growth.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Hen and chicks thrive in dry to average humidity conditions; they do not require high humidity environments.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place in bright light and water when soil is dry.

    • Outdoor

      Full sun to part shade; protect from excessive rain.

    • Hardiness zone

      3-8 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Jovibarba allionii 'Oki,' commonly known as Hen and Chicks, starts its life as a seed, germinating in well-draining soil with full sun to partial shade exposure. Seedlings develop into a small rosette of fleshy, succulent leaves, which gradually enlarge to form the mature rosette at the center of the plant. The mature rosette, or "hen," will produce offsets known as "chicks," which are small rosettes that form around the base of the mother plant, enabling vegetative propagation. These "chicks" can detach and establish themselves as independent plants, growing into new clusters. The "hen" may occasionally send up a flower stalk, after which it typically dies, leaving the "chicks" to continue the growth cycle. This flowering often occurs after several years of vegetative growth and can be triggered by various environmental factors, such as season changes or stress conditions.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • Jovibarba heuffelii ‘Oki’, commonly known as Hen and Chicks, is most commonly propagated through division, which is both an easy and effective method. This method involves separating the offsets, also known as “chicks”, from the mother plant, known as the “hen”. The chicks are gently pulled apart from the base of the mother plant when they have formed their own roots, which is generally done in spring or early summer for best results. The offsets are then allowed to dry for a day or two to allow the cut ends to callous over, helping to prevent rot when planted. They should be placed on top of well-draining soil and watered sparingly until they establish their own root systems. This method allows for a quick and reliable way to propagate and expand your collection of Jovibarba heuffelii ‘Oki’.