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Lewisia cotyledon

Lewisia cotyledon Photo/Illustration: Burl L. Mostul


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Lewisia cotyledon loo-ISS-ee-ah kot-ih-LEE-don Genus: Lewisia
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 characteristics: One 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.
Care: Grow in moderately fertile, humus-rich, sharply drained soil and full sun to light shade. Protect from winter moisture.
Propagation: Remove offsets in early summer.
Problems: Rust, stem rot, snails, slugs, aphids, and mealybugs.
Height 6 in. to 12 in.
Spread 6 in. to 12 in.
Light Part Shade Only
Moisture Medium Moisture
Characteristics Native; Showy Flowers
Bloom Time Spring
Flower Color Pink Flower; Purple/ Lavender Flower; White Flower
Uses Beds and Borders, Container, Specimen Plant/ Focal Point
Style Rock Garden
Seasonal Interest Spring Interest, Summer Interest
Type Perennials

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