Jovibarba heuffelii

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Jovibarba heuffelii
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Jovibarba heuffelii, at a botanical garden in Wroclaw, Poland
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Saxifragales
Family: Crassulaceae
Genus: Jovibarba
Species: J. heuffelii
Binomial name
Jovibarba heuffelii
(Schott) Á. Löve & D. Löve
  • Sempervivum heuffelii Schott

Jovibarba heuffelii, common name Hen-and-chickens, as a plant species native to the Balkans and to the Carpathians in Europe but reportedly naturalized in Wisconsin and probably in other parts of North America. It grows on rocky outcrops.[2]

Jovibarba heuffelii is a perennial herb forming basal rosettes of succulent leaves that are ciliate along the margins. Flowering stalks are erect, succulent, up to 20 cm (8 inches) tall, bearing a cyme of up to 40 white to yellowish flowers. Each flower is up to 5 cm (2 inches) in diameter, with 6-7 fringed petals. Each plant is semelparous, meaning that it flowers only once, dying after its fruits mature.[2][3][4]

Some botanists treat the genus Jovibarba as part of the genus Sempervivum, but the Flora of North America separates it into its own genus.[2]


  1. ^ Tropicos
  2. ^ a b c Flora of North America v 8 p 170.
  3. ^ Löve, Áskell, & Löve, Doris Benta Maria. Botaniska Notiser 114(1): 39. 1961.
  4. ^ SMG Succulents