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Beautiful collection of the genus named for Lewis of the Lewis and Clark expedition.
I live in the Pacific NW and most of these, except, of course, for hybrids, grow here in the wild. L. tweedyi and L. rediviva are among my favorites. Do you have rediviva in your collection, Todd?
Todd - great photos and your Lewisias are so beautiful! I just love them - I grow L. cotyledon, L.pygmae, L. columbiana and
L. tweedy. I grow them in my raised alpine bed with the coverage of spruce branches and they've all done pretty well except the L. tweedy. It does better in the greenhouse.
I raised Lewisia 'Little Plum' from seed this spring and can't wait to see it flower next summer! Yours is a real beauty! I like 'Pinkie' too - very pretty :-)
Here's a photo of my Lewisia cotyledons 'Soranda' taken on June 27th this summer:
I'm amazed how well you have done with Lewisia. I actually grow mine in pots and overwinter them in a coldframe..those I've tried outdoors have always rotted in winter. Of my collection, I also have the most trouble with tweedyi. I grew my Little Plum from seed as well. Columbiana has actually self-seeded in the pots of other alpines nearby!
Thanks Todd ! I got Columbiana in a trade and the pot was full of small seedlings so it seems to self seed quite freely - which with Lewisia is always a good thing! I was pretty amazed myself at how well the Cotyledons have done outside. Last winter was especially mild and therefore wet - with very little snow but there wasn't much rot and they flowered really well. L. pygmae I've had the longest and it does very well - maybe because it doesn't have evergreen leaves that could rot ... whatever it is - it's doing great! :-) The soil they grow in is very well drained needless to say - I put in extra gravel around the Lewisias and the toplayer is pure gravel ... also after I raised the bed they've done much better.
This is a photo of one of the Cotyledons I have growing in my greenhouse - a very pretty pink :-)
photo taken on May 2nd this year
What a lucious creamy yellow that is Todd! Definitely a stunner.
Oh I'm drooling over all these lewisia's. And hoping my rediviva survive
the winter. I started them 2 1/2 years ago from seed and planted some
out this spring. I've got another pot full of seedlings in the greenhouse.
Wow Todd - that sure is a stunner! I sure hope mine will grow to that size one day! I've tried Nevadensis at least twice but for some reason they've never lasted long - even in the greenhouse. They were all plants that I bought - they usually don't last as well as the ones I've raised from seed. I've lost all my Lewisias that I've bought as plants for some reason.
Tammy, I haven't tried Rediviva, but from what I've read it's supposed to be very difficult (at least here) but equally stunning! Hope they survive so you can show us the pics ;-)
Here's my "baby" L. Tweedy - flowering for the first time in May :-)
We traveled to the north this summer and stayed amongst other places in Akureyri which is the largest town in N-Iceland. There is a botanical garden there (one of two in the country - the other one is in Reykjavik) and there were pretty impressive Lewisias that grew there. They have a pretty steady snowcover in the winter and often higher summer temps as well - so many alpines grow better there than here in the south. I have to admit that I did turn a somewhat greenish shade seeing those gorgeous Lewisias! The soil that they were growing in wasn't even "gravelly" (is that a word??) - here in the south they'd rot in soil like that.
Wow, that is impressive for sure. I have rediviva alba..it had 3 flower this past summer...I'm sure I have a pic somewhere! This will be its first winter and needless to say, will stay in the coldframe. I actually have it in a large clay pot, together with nevadensis, nevadensis Rosea (or stebbensii) and pygmaea. If they all survive, it should be quite a display next summer.
Quietly imbibing all the wondrous flora here. We in Minnesota seem to find that once a lewisia has multiple crowns, it flowers less. But that sure doesn't seem to be the case with all of you! Obviously, you have better growing conditions, but is that really the answer?
What are anyone's thoughts on the subject of multiple crowns?