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Definition of sempervivum

: any of a genus (Sempervivum) of Old World fleshy perennial herbs of the orpine family often grown as ornamentals

Examples of sempervivum in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The nursery grows more than 200 varieties just of cold-tolerant sempervivum (commonly known as hen and chicks). Debbie Arrington, sacbee, "Share a garden gift that grows on you," 15 Dec. 2017 Familiar examples include hens-and-chicks (echeverias and sempervivums), aeoniums, and the jade tree (Crassula ovata). Brian Kemble, The Mercury News, "Stonecrop family has many, varied members," 18 Jan. 2017 Sempervivums are among the easiest succulents to grow. Debbie Arrington,, "Plucked from the gutter, cactus proves why you might want its kind in your garden," 19 May 2017 Beginners who live in climates that experience cold weather should opt for cold hearty plants like sempervivum succulents, which include Houseleeks and Common Houseleeks, or sedums like Glowing Fire and White Stonecrops. Jessica Mattern, Country Living, "The Complete Guide to Growing Succulents," 24 May 2017 For beginners, Allen recommends echeverias and sempervivums. Debbie Arrington,, "Plucked from the gutter, cactus proves why you might want its kind in your garden," 19 May 2017

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First Known Use of sempervivum

1591, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sempervivum

New Latin, from Latin, neuter of sempervivus ever-living, from semper ever + vivus living — more at quick entry 1

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“Sempervivum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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