Origin of hen and chickensso called from fancied resemblance of the main plant and its offsets to a hen with chicks clustered around her
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hen and chickens
any of various flowering plants with a dense rosette of fleshy leaves clustered at the base of the stem from which offshoots arise; specif., the common houseleek (Sempervivum tectorum)
also hen (or hens) and chicks
Any of several plants producing runners or offshoots, especially rosette-forming succulents in the family Crassulaceae such as the houseleek.
- The sterile bracts of the daisy occasionally produce capitula, and give rise to the hen-and-chickens daisy.
- 15), a compound spike, as in rye-grass, a compound spadix, as in some palms, and a compound capitulum, as in the hen-and-chickens daisy.