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LEWISIA cotyledon (Sunset Group)

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James Burghardt

Family

Portulacaceae

Botanical Name

LEWISIA cotyledon( Sunset Group)

Plant Common Name

Cliff Maids, Siskiyou Lewisia

General Description

These seed-grown plants of Lewisia cotyledon bloom in sunset tones of yellow, peach, red, salmon, and pink. A fragile-looking but tough-natured evergreen perennial from the Northwest United States, L. cotyledon is grown for its handsome evergreen leaves and its showy sprays of dainty, colorful flowers.

Plants form flat rosettes of fleshy, oval to club-shaped, medium-green leaves that arise from a plump, starchy taproot. The leaves may have smooth or toothed margins. In late spring, the rosettes give rise to airy clusters of delicate, rounded flowers on slender branching stalks. The blossoms often have contrasting stripes. Sporadic summer re-bloom may occur.

L. cotyledon requires porous, slightly acidic to neutral soil, and a cool position that receives neither hot sun nor excessive moisture. A north-facing wall is ideal. Plants often benefit from a gravel mulch. Remove spent leaves and crowded growth. Use Sunset Group lewisias in rock gardens, troughs, and walls.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    7 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 14, 15, 16, 17

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    6"-16" / 15.2cm - 40.6cm

  • Width

    8"-16" / 20.3cm - 40.6cm

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer

  • Native To

    Northwestern United States, California

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Slow

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant

  • Habit

    Rosette/Stemless

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Yellow, Red, Orange, Pink, Light Pink, Rose, Salmon, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green, Gray Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Alpine, Container, Feature Plant, Rock Garden / Wall, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes