An evergreen creeping succulent, perfect for pots and containers. Reputedly grown to ward off malign spirits, the gel from the leaves can be used for stings, burns and insect bites.
- Good for pots and containers
- Good for rockeries
- Doesn’t need much watering
- Can be grown in walls
There are around 30 species of this little succulent and they get their common name from parts of Europe where they are grown on the roofs of houses. They also have the name ‘hen and chicks’ due to the initial rosette, which produces little offsets around itself and in this way spreads.
- Height: Creeping
- Type: Hardy
- Aspect: Sun
- Soil: Any/alkaline
- Flower colour: White
- Flowering period: June - July
These little succulents do not like too much wetness as they store water in their leaves and are best grown in shallow containers, on the top of walls, rock gardens - in fact anywhere that is very well drained, especially over winter. They will reward you by gradually multiplying to form a carpet - they in fact can be used in this way to make living walls and sculptures. Each individual floret flowers at some point in its life and then dies, but by then there are usually many more plantlets waiting in the wings to take its place.
The hardy houseleek was a widely used medicinal herb planted around the home. Traditionally, the fresh leaves were either sliced or juiced and used as a poultice to cool skin inflammation, remove warts, heal burns and eye infections. Modern research has found antimicrobial activity useful for relieving ear infections. The fresh leaves and young shoots can be a cooling addition to salads.
Herbs are usually dispatched between Mondays and Thursdays via a 24hr courier service, within 2-4 days of placing your order. Please note that at some points of the year during busy peaks it may take a little longer.
1 - 24 herbs - £5.60
25+ herbs - free delivery
Please note there are additional surcharges for delivery to some postcodes in the Scottish Highlands and Islands, Isle of Wight and Scilly Isles - this will be calculated at the checkout based on the delivery address postcode. Unfortunately due to Brexit we are unable to ship to Northern Island currently.
Our herbs are packaged securely in recycled and recyclable blister packs and then into cardboard boxes, to ensure your plants to arrive in the best possible condition.
Further information about delivery can be found on our Ordering & delivery information page.
All our herbs are grown on the nursery and are dispatched labelled with their plant name and basic growing instructions
Our aim is to provide our customers with top quality herbs and service. We have worked hard to find a robust packing and delivery system that ensures your plants arrive at your door in the best condition.
We would ask that you check your herbs carefully when they arrive and report any problems to us either by phone or email within 48 hours so that we can rectify it. We may ask that you send us a photo.
We cannot accept responsibility for plants that have not been cared for or had unsuitable care.
Once an order has been placed you have the right to cancel your order up to the day of dispatch. As herbs are a perishable item we cannot accept returns in exchange for a refund.