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Evergreen, Perennials

Beautiful plants for rock gardens, collections of alpine plants. Often difficult to grow. All need excellent drainage; plant with fine gravel around crowns. Of the many offered by specialists, the ones listed here are outstanding.

Lewisia columbiana

From Oregon and Washington. Pink and white flowers emerge in airy sprays from an 8-in. rosette of narrow leaves.

Lewisia cotyledon
Lewisia cotyledon

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Lewisia cotyledon

Native to northern California, southern Oregon. To about 1 ft. high, 10 in. wide. Rosettes of narrow, fleshy, evergreen leaves bear 10-in. stems topped by large, extremely showy clusters of 1-in. white or pink flowers often striped with rose or red. Blooms from spring to early summer. Lewisia cotyledon howellii is similar but has wavy-edged leaves and somewhat larger flowers. Prune out side growth to maintain air circulation around root crown. Can be grown in pots of fast-draining sterilized soil or growing mixes.

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