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Dr Seuss succulents: cobweb houseleeks

While my friend and I were neighborhood walkin’ we came across this cobweb houseleek (Sempervivum arachnoideum). I had no idea what it was at the time and couldn’t get over how beautifully mesmerizing it was. I stared and snapped and stared and stared! I want to learn how to propagate succulents so I can have a whole world of Dr. Seuss to come home to!

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While researching the plant, I did learn that it has some nice medicinal properties. Per Plants for a Future:

The leaves are emollient, haemostatic, ophthalmic and sedative. The crushed plant, or its juice, is applied externally to boils and wounds and is also used to stop nose bleeds. The slightly warmed juice has been used to relieve ear inflammations and toothaches can be relieved by chewing on the leaves. When macerated and infused in vinegar, the plant can be used to get rid of warts and corns. The leaves are harvested in the summer and are best used when fresh since they are difficult to dry properly. The leaf pulp is used to make a cooling face mask for reddened or sunburnt skin.

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Very cool! I need to make another trip to the nursery, so maybe I will come across one of these cute babies! I think I almost have the once active aphids under control….


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  1. Judith Hyde

    Gorgeous plants! Succulents are mostly easy to grow and you should be able to find them at most garden centers. Love them. 🙂

    • Yay! I went to the nursery today and found one! and it even has a bloom already. Thanks, Judy!

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