Rock Gardens forum: Plants that rock 2017

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Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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crawgarden
Feb 17, 2017 7:56 PM CST
Lewisia making a spring appearance.


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Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
Feb 18, 2017 7:58 AM CST
Nice to see!
I have several Lewisia winter sowed, but none germinated yet.
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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crawgarden
Feb 18, 2017 9:29 AM CST
I have never tried to wintersow
Lewisia, had luck with other plants. Do you wintersow them at the site, or in a plastic container?
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Feb 18, 2017 8:13 PM CST
Late last May on a hike to the back side of the hill my neighborhood sits on, I found the most intriguing little flowers (no leaves, just flowers) - a whole hill side of them. I dug up one root and transplanted it to my cactus garden. And never saw it again. But I put a rock over it to mark the spot.

Fast forward to February. A little rosette has popped out from under my rock. I asked my daughter to send me photos she took of the flowers. When I saw her flower photos, I had a light bulb moment. D'Oh! The whole backside of this hill is covered with Lewisia rediviva! Yeah!

I grew up with Lewisia cotyledon in Northern California - they don't go dormant for 3/4 of the year. I have them growing in my cactus garden.

This first photo is one of the Lewisia cotyledon from my garden. They are mostly pink-peach but one is white.
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This is Lewisia rediviva:
The rosette shows up in late winter for a couple months. Then as it goes dormant for the long hot summer, flowers (try to ignore the weed growing behind the flowers)
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Look close, you can see them every foot or so.
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Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
Feb 18, 2017 8:50 PM CST
Those are delightful flowers!

I wintersow in pots in a plastic bin.
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Jul 10, 2017 4:53 PM CST
This one is very slow growing. Tough, with a tight mounding habit and very low growing.


Has anyone saved seed from this plant, and propagated from seed? I would love to do this but have no experience with this plant in trying to propagate it.

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