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Hen and Chicks: A Kaleidoscope of Leaf Shapes, Textures and Colors

The plant’s well-known common name, Hen and Chicks, was derived from the vegetative offsets, or new plants that mature Echeveria will produce. The mature plant, the hen, develops numerous offsets, chicks, which surround the mature plant until the offsets are mature enough to support themselves.  In nature, the offsets break away from the hen once they are mature, but they can also be pulled or cut off and transplanted in the home garden.  The hen actually benefits from the removal of offsets since much of its energy is used to supporting the chicks.