Lewisias are real show-stoppers in the garden, giving a spectacular show of brilliantly coloured flowers in spring, often followed by
a second flush of flowers in summer.
There are eighteen or so species, many of which are evergreen, but others behave rather like bulbs and have a resting period
below ground for part of the year. They are all rosette-forming dwarf hardy perennials. Several species have large showy flowers
whilst others are smaller and intricate in detail: all have great charm and beauty.
These are clump forming evergreen perennials with rosettes of fleshy leaves which are mid to darker green with toothed or wavy
margins. In spring and early summer the ‘Sunset hybrids’ produce open funnel shaped flowers in large panicles over a lengthy
flowering period. The range of bright colours on different plants is impressive and goes from pinks, magenta, yellow, orange and
on to white.
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.
While these Lewisia hybrids are perfectly cold hardy they will not tolerate standing in winter wet or boggy conditions where they
are prone to basal rotting. They therefore need a mix of loam, leaf mould and sharp sand to give good drainage
Lewisia Little Peach
Lewisia Constant Comment
Lewisia Constant Coral
Lewisia Little Plum