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Lewisia cotyledon

Lewisia cotyledon
'Heikneri Strain'
A 'Rainbow Mix' specimen
Lewisia cotyledon
Marvellous color

Common name bitter-root
Family portulacaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z4-8)
Flowers pink (late spring)
Size 4-6"
Light sun-part shade
From seed germinates at cold conditions
detailed seed-starting info below
Seed ripenslate June

Our first specimen of this succulent plant with flowers held on stalks delighted us for several years in our rock garden, before finally disappearing. So on the occasion of a complete redo of the rock garden, we acquired a new plant of the 'Rainbow Mix' strain, followed by one from 'Heikneri' strain. I like 'm all, and look forward to trying different colors and forms. They never survive long in our garden, so I keep having to supplement with newly purchased or seed-grown plants.

Curious black-pearl rim pattern on spent flowers, before seed development
Lewisia cotyledon
Promisingly succulent as seedlings

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

One or more images of this plant are included in my stock photo catalog

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '08 garden. Baggy 35F (16w; 71%G, 3-10w) - 70F (no G, 6d)
  2. Seed for var. howellii from NARGS '09/'10 exchange, cold-stored through summer. Baggy 35F (13w; 48%G, 3-10w)
    Seed from '10 garden for "RG white". Baggy 35F (15w; 12%G, 8-12w) - 70F (74%G, 4-10d)
  3. Seed for 'Deep Reds' from NARGS '11/'12 exchange, cold-stored through summer. Baggy 35F (82%G, 15-64d)
  4. Same seed as above, cold-stored. Baggy 35F (13w; 76%G, 4-11w)

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