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Evergreen, Perennials

Exquisite flowers in many colors cover low plants that rise from thick, drought-adapted roots. All need excellent drainage; plant with fine gravel around the crowns. Of the many kinds 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 and southern Oregon. Grows to about 1 ft. high and 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. L. c. howellii is similar but has wavy-edged leaves and somewhat larger flowers. Prune out side growth to maintain air circulation around the root crown. Can be grown in pots of fast-draining sterilized soil or growing mixes.

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