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Lewisia cotyledon

Lewisia cotyledon

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Lewisia cotyledon is an evergreen perennial of incredible beauty and well-balanced proportions. Fleshy leaves emerge in flat rosettes of spoon-shaped dark green leaves. Funnel-shaped flowers to 1 inch across are borne in compact panicles. The true species has candy-striped pink flowers. Hybrids bloom in shades from white to magenta.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsOne of the most popular species of Lewisia . Very easy to grow. If kept moist, hybrids will bloom two to four times during the growing season.

CareGrow in moderately fertile, humus-rich, sharply drained soil and full sun to light shade. Protect from winter moisture.

PropagationRemove offsets in early summer.

ProblemsRust, stem rot, snails, slugs, aphids, and mealybugs.

  • Genus : Lewisia
  • Zones : 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Plant Height : 6 to 12 inches
  • Plant Width : 6 to 12 inches
  • Uses : Containers
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Light : Partial Shade
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Flower Color : Pink, White
  • Bloom Time : Spring
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
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  1. user-7007256 10/10/2014

    I just finished work at a perennial greenhouse that grows these. I managed to get a few because they were being thrown out to bring in new stock. They were one of my favourite flowers there. Can I keep them as a window sill flower or do they need a dormant period.

    1. maiakolucka 02/04/2015

      when I put them inside they became more delicate, the leaves are greener and the flower stalks much longer - they haven´t opened yet so I don´t know the size of the bloom

    2. canadiancommentator 05/28/2016

      Hi applejax, I was wondering if you were successful in keeping "lewisia cotyledon" indoors. I just obtained this plant and trying to decide whether it would be safer to grow this plant indoors in front of my window sill rather than taking a chance and leaving it in the ground to deal with the harsh winter in Toronto. Any advice would be appreciated.

  2. user-6927936 04/30/2015

    Just received a cutting as a gift. I love it.

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