Sempervivum arboreum L.


Family: Crassulaceae

Genus: Sempervivum

Description: 

From Bot. Reg. An arborescent succulent shrub, from three to seven feet in height; well characterized by the name of Tree-Houseleek, being what we might conceive our own humble native stemless weed of the same generic name would become on assuming the dimensions and characters of a tree.

History: 

Published in Sp. Pl. 1: 464 in 1753.

Basionym of Aeonium arboreum (L.) Webb & Berthel.

Also published in Bot. Reg. 2: 99 in 1816.

From Bot. Reg. One of our most common rate greenhouse-plants, and of the longest standing, having been cultivated here from before 1640; but is not very frequently seen in bloom, and is rather impatient of frost... Native of the Levant. Frequent in Portugal, where, altho' completely naturalized, Brotero suspects it is not aboriginal. Its favourite spots are rocks, old walls, and ruins. Dr. Sibthorpe found it in the island of Cyprus; the spanish botanist, Don Josef Quer, in Gallicia, growing on the walls which environ the city of Vigo.


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