Jovibarba heuffelii 'Orion'

Job's Beard

Plant Type:


Jovibarba heuffelii 'Orion' - Deep violet-red leaves become a bright, glowering red depending upon the amount of sun and the time of year. Rosettes are evergreen. Bees and butterflies may visit late season flowers that occur in cymes at tops of fleshy stalks. Mary Mitchell in the U.K dubbed this selection in 1981. Full sun but late afternoon filtered sun is tolerable especially at the southern end of the climate range. Common names are Job's Beard and Beard of Job. Native from the Balkans to the Carpathians in Europe. Established potted grouping. Scroll down to Genus Overview for more information.


3 in


3 in
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JOVIORIO Jovibarba heuffelii 'Orion' (3.5 inch Square Press Fit Pot – 1.05 pints / 497 ml.) $9.00 Buy Now

Characteristics and Attributes for Jovibarba heuffelii 'Orion'

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Late Summer

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Four Seasons


  • Mostly Sunny
  • Full Sun


  • Container
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Knot Garden
  • Evergreen
  • Rock Garden

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Slow


  • Scrabbled
  • Sandy
  • Impoverished
  • Draining


  • Caucasus to the Carpathians

Propagated By

  • Division
  • Offset

Genus Overview: Jovibarba

Jovibarba bear a striking resemblance and may be confused with Sempervivum. Indeed, Jovibarba are very closely allied with Hens and Chicks. One distinct feature is the manner in which they can be propagated. As with Sempervivum the hens produce chicks which are connected by shorter or longer stems, species dependent, these are easily picked-off, the filament end can be barely interred in potting mix or on garden ground where they will sprout new roots and claim their little piece of garden heaven. Jovibarba heuffelii increase their numbers by growing from the ever-expanding rootstock beneath the increasing number of rosettes. To propagate the clump must be lifted and individuals must be separated, cut away from the cluster of rosettes. Jovibarba globifera (aka Jovibarba sobolifera) and J. hirta produce "rollers". Rollers are the new, tight, globe-shaped chicks connected to hens from nearly indistinguishable short stems which when the rosette becomes large enough break with the chick rolling away from the mother, henceforth "rollers". Technically, these are in botanical jargon globi. Jovibarba and Sempervivum are all water wise, monocarpic and sun loving.