- any of several succulent plants that grow in clusters or colonies formed by runners or offshoots, as those of the genera Echeveria and Sempervivum.
Origin of hen-and-chickens
Examples from the Web for hen-and-chickens
Historical Examples of hen-and-chickens
Owing to their habit of producing a circle of young plants around the parent, they are commonly called "hen-and-chickens."The Wild Flowers of California: Their Names, Haunts, and Habits
Mary Elizabeth Parsons
Each schooner has several dories, which fish all round it, thus suggesting what is often called the hen-and-chickens style.All Afloat
- (functioning as singular or plural) any of several plants, such as the houseleek and ground ivy, that produce many offsets or runners