The Q&A Archives: Lewisia Cotyledon

Question: Is the Lewisia Cotyledon a succulent? What kind of plant is it? What does it require?

Answer: Lewisia is a member of the Portulaca family. It's classified as a succulent and does have thick, fleshy leaves, reminiscent of Sedums. Lewisia cotyledon is native to Northern California and Southern Oregon. It produces rosettes of narrow, fleshy, evergreen leaves, and bears 10" stems topped by large clusers of 1" white or pink flowers striped with rose or red. Lewisia needs perfect drainage around the root crown to prevent rot. Plant yours in full sun or light shade, in moist, rich, rather gritty soil. Set the crown about 1" above the top of the soil and surround with stone chips, water well during flowering but keep water off the foliage. Reduce watering when flowering stops. You can propagate Lewisia by transplanting the offsets from the parent plant or collecting and sowing the seeds.

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