Identify alien alpine
Hi, I was given this in a small pot, and I threw it on the pot you see here and it did well, throwing out new shoots. Then it went mental and threw out this long stem with pink flowers. Any idea of the name of the plant and opinion as to what I should do with the stem, it sort of looks dead.
Its a sempervivum. They flower like this and then die but they often leave behind lots of little offsets which can be grown on.
Thank you Ladybird4. So I guess I can remove the 'alien' now that it appears dead. I have to say I marvelled at the way this arm extended from this otherwise flat plant.
They're quite strange plants aren't they KJG - but fascinating.
The surrounding rosettes will carry on growing and some, or all of them, will produce more flower stalks - and so on and on
I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
Yes KJG you can remove the dead flower stalk. I love sempervivums Superstition has it that if you grow these on your roof then your home will never be struck by lightning.
Thanks guys... I do like the plant, glad its constrained to the pot, but I can't wait for the next flowering cycle.