Crimson Spring Fireworks

Marjorie Wallace

Lacey, United States

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Lewisias are among the most spectacular of all alpine plants, with delightfully colored flowers that are large compared with the tiny size of the plant. Lewisias have the reputation of being difficult to grow, but this is less true when they are raised in rock gardens where conditions are similar to their mountainous homeland. They are native to western North America.

When not in flower, lewisias could almost be mistaken for succulents. Their thick, waxy leaves look much like those of the popular hens-and-chicks. In bloom, though, they are quite different from any other plant. The waxy-textured blooms come in bright pink, pink, apricot, white, or red. They bloom in late spring. Their leaves are either evergreen or deciduous, depending on the species. Ease of care: Difficult.

Growing lewisia: Grow in full sun in well-drained, deep soil. The soil mix should contain at least 50 percent sharp sand for perfect drainage. Surround the base of the plant with rock chips to prevent rot; Lewisias prefer sites with abundant spring moisture followed by a dry, cool summer

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