One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A succulent plant with rosettes of fleshy leaves and small pink flowers. Houseleeks grow on walls and roofs, and are popular cultivated plants.
Sempervivum and related genera, family Crassulaceae: several species, in particular S. tectorum
- ‘Sempervivums, also known as ‘hen and chicks ‘or houseleeks, are a common garden succulent whose leaves are quite tasty raw or lightly cooked.’’
- ‘The cobweb houseleek Sempervivum arachnoideum has a fine covering of downy white hairs and is a good contrast to the darker forms.’
- ‘However, Sempervivum tectorum, the so-called houseleek or sengreen, is a close runner-up with the name ‘welcome-home-husband-though-never-so-late’.’
- ‘Try the black-leaved Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Nigrescens’ with houseleeks Sempervivum planted underneath.’
- ‘Put houseleek in goat's milk for a long time until it is steeped completely with that milk.’
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