Jovibarba heuffelii is a genus of alpine suculents in the Crassulaceae family closely resembling Sempervivum. Their natural habitat is the Balkans and Eastern Carpathians. The plants seem distinct from Sempervivum, however botanically it remains an uncertainty. They are hardy to USDA zone 4.
The most obvious distinction of J. heuffelii is the way the rosettes will divide themselves by producing offsets in a sessile fashion (new offsets between older leaves) without a stolon. Sempervivum will do this too, however, it is most commonly observed later in the growing season. There is also a difference in the flower. Jovibarba having yellow flowers with a ‘closed’ corolla, and Sempervivum having a star-like shape and vary from yellow, white, or pink.
Even though J. heuffelii may be propagated either by seed or by divisions, divisions are the preferred method if you wish to maintain the characteristics of the clone. Seeds will work, but you will most likely get something that is not true to type.
J. heuffelli is also monocarpic like Sempervivum, meaning the rosette will die after flowering, however, with Jovibarba it just seems to disappear amongst the profusion of other rosettes.
J. heuffelii is best grown in full sun with very fast-draining soil. In locations where there is intense sun and dryness, some light shade is advised.
The plants are grown mostly for the foliage color and the colors can be green, yellow, orange, red, purple, pink, bluish, chocolate brown, and many shades in between. →