{Almost} Wordless Wednesday :: Little Peach Bitterroot (Lewisia longipetals ‘Little Peach’)

Posted on: April 29th, 2015 by Trillium Art

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Spring is all about colour, isn’t it? From the showy flowers and the intense colours of Pansies and Primroses, to the regal Tulips and the sunny Daffodils. We all seem to crave colour at the end of the winter and the start of the new spring season.

This tiny native succulent is no exception! The Lewisia plants are native to the western North American hills, most often found on the north facing slopes. It was named in honour of Meriwether Lewis, of Lewis and Clarke expedition fame. He collected the first specimen in the early 1800’s in Montana (Lewisia redivivia is the state flower of Montana). It is in the spring when this perennial really does shine with glorious bright flowers. The entire plant is edible with the large tap root often peeled before boiling or steaming, to lessen the bitter taste.

Large star-shaped flowers appear on short, upright stems in late spring lasting until early summer. The Little Peach variety has flowers with colours of apricot peach with a mix of white, pink and yellow. This combination of colours is quite lovely especially when in contrast to the evergreen rosette of foliage.

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The Lewisia plants really are little survivors as they are drought tolerant and do very well planted in soil with rich, well-drained additives (gravel or sand). If using this plant in a succulent garden, ensure that there is enough drainage in the container. In the garden, the Lewisia plants are sought after as rock garden specimens.

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Zone: 3

Light Conditions: full sun to part shade

Height: 4-6”

Spread: 6-8”

Flower Power: lovely flowers in colours of apricot-pink with a hint of yellow from late spring to early summer

Tips: great survivor due to the long tap root, works great in rock gardens, succulent gardens or containers with plenty of drainage

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