Orostachys eburnifolia, also known as Dunce Caps, forms succulent rosettes of shiny, bronze-green leaves. Smaller rosettes are produced around the perimeter of the main plant. Stems of the main plant (mother) elongate and separate the leaves before forming terminal blooms of pale pink to white flowers in late summer. After blooming, the mother plant of Orostachys eburnifolia dies to make room for the offsets that surround her. These are exceptional plants that will always elicit comments from observers!
Dunce Caps are quite similar to Hens and Chicks (Sempervivum). Native to eastern Asia, these plants are attractive as ground covers, in stone walls or containers.
Orostachys eburnifolia prefers full sun and average to poor, well-drained soil. Plants may self-sow if mother plant is not removed before setting seed.