What is this plant?

Asked August 25, 2015, 1:16 PM EDT

The attached photo is a section of one of the plants from one of our garden areas. There are quite a few of these artichoke looking pieces adjacent to each other in one spot. Some are more compact as opposed to this one which is more open/blooming. We have never seen it before moving to this house and don't know what it is. Do you recognize this specimen? Thanks very much for your help!

Frederick County Maryland

1 Response

This is hen and chicks, a perennial ornamental "flower". It is a succulent and, thus, very drought tolerant.

Here is a nice webpage about it (but you can look at many more images online): http://www.learn2grow.com/gardeningguides/cactisucculents/featuredplants/HensAndChicks.aspx