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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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Cameras and photography captured my interest years ago as a child with my little Brownie. The cameras have changed over the years until the Digital age when I got really serious about photography. Not only has my work improved, but it has opened many doors to meeting wonderful people along the way. New friendships and learning new skills… I am hopeful that some of my best work is yet to come.

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  • Rhonda R Clements
    Rhonda R Clementsover 5 years ago

    these are gorgeous what are they?

  • Marjorie Wallace
    Marjorie Wallaceover 5 years ago

    Thank you, Rhonda. They are called Lewisia and are a rock garden plant. Groups of little flowers growing on long upright stems.

  • Barbara Anderson
    Barbara Andersonover 5 years ago

    How Beautiful. I went to a Park today and found a few flowers and Bee’s.

  • Thank you, Barbara. I felt wonderful out in the sun as well. Spring is finally here. Yippeee!!

    – Marjorie Wallace

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonover 5 years ago

    What beautiful flower, these are gorgeous,

  • Thank you, Ann. Indigineous to northern America.

    – Marjorie Wallace

  • MarianaEwa
    MarianaEwaover 5 years ago

    Absolute gorgeous Marjorie. Very interest reading too.

  • Thank you, Mariana. I have some in my yard that are failing to bloom abd are still quite small. I think I will move them to a drier location.

    – Marjorie Wallace

  • Rachel Stickney
    Rachel Stickneyover 5 years ago

    Wow, these are beautiful, Margie! I haven’t seen these before! Instant fave!

  • Thank you so much, Rachel. I so appreciate your comments and the fave.

    – Marjorie Wallace

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 5 years ago

    GORGEOUS!!!!!!

  • Thank you Lori. I just love the colour.

    – Marjorie Wallace

  • ZeeZeeshots
    ZeeZeeshotsover 5 years ago

    Magnificent Capture!

  • Thank you very much, Zoriada.

    – Marjorie Wallace

  • Bill Morgenstern
    Bill Morgensternover 5 years ago

    Great image with fine visual information on this flower. Your written information is very informative and helpful. This image would be perfect for the wildflower group.

  • Thank you so much, Bill, but it does not meet the guidelines for the group. I actually bought this plant from a nursery where all of the indigenous plants are. Although, they can be grown from seed or cuttings if one has a really green thumb.

    – Marjorie Wallace

  • John44
    John44over 5 years ago

    Compliments Pard!
    welldone
    John
    (pard= partner)

  • Oh, thank you so much, John. I do not know why I didn’t see this comment earlie, but I so appreciate this. (grin)

    – Marjorie Wallace

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