Lewisia longipetala (Piper) S. Clay
Lewisia rediviva var. rediviva, Lewisia alba
Color: Whitish to deep pink or lavender
Bloom Time: April through July
Lewisia rediviva is a low-growing perennial plant with a fleshy taproot and a simple or branched base. The flower stems are leafless, up to 1.2 inches (3 cm) tall, bearing at the tip a whorl of 5 to 6 linear bracts up to 0.4 inches (1 cm) long. A single flower appears on each stem with 5 to 9 oval-shaped sepals. They range in color from whitish to deep pink or lavender. Flowering occurs from April through July. At maturity, it produces egg-shaped capsules with 6 to 20 nearly round seeds.
USDA hardiness zone 4a to 8b: from −30 °F (−34.4 °C) to 20 °F (−6.7 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Lewisia plants produce offsets, which are the easiest way to propagate this interesting little succulent. Simply divide them from the parent plant and pot them up to grow a good taproot and fleshy feeder roots.
You can also learn how to grow Lewisia from seed. The tiny plants take a couple of seasons to form a rosette but establish easily when sown in a sandy potting mixture.
Once the plants are placed in a garden situation, provide them with moderate water, excellent drainage, and a minimum of nutrients. It couldn't be simpler to grow Lewisias. The primary thing to remember is to avoid excessively fertile soil and compacted or clay situations. See more at How to Grow and Care for Lewisia.
Native to western North America from low to moderate elevations on grassland, open bushland, and forest.
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