Similarly one may ask, what does Sempervivum means?
The name Sempervivum has its origin in the Latin semper (“always”) and vivus (“living”), because this perennial plant keeps its leaves in winter and is very resistant to difficult conditions of growth.
Then, how can you tell sempervivum?
If your succulent is a sempervivum, it has:
- Fleshy leaves, which may look either glossy or matte.
- A rosette shape.
- A tendency to form clumps.
- Tiny, independent offsets that can be snipped off and rooted.
- The ability to survive frosts.
What is the difference between Echeveria and Sempervivum?
Echeveria have rounded, plump leaves that are so typical of succulents. They often end in a sharp point like a spike. “But Sempervivums are also rounded and spiky!” That’s true – the distinction is made by comparing their plumpness. Echeveria are usually noticeably thicker.