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Lewisia spp.

Lewisialongipetalalittleplum by moonrhythm (CC BY 2.0)

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


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Bitterwort Overview

A genus of around 19 species and several varieties of herbaceous or evergreen perennial alpine plants in the Montiaceae family native to parts of Northwestern America where they inhabit North-facing cliffs. They have rosettes of fleshy succulent leaves and salver or open trumpet shaped flowers in a range of colours and patterns. In cultivation they are usually grown in rockeries or planters with free-draining substrate to mimic their native habitat.

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How to propagate Bitterwort


You can propagate herbaceous species from seed in spring or autumn. Evergreen species from seed in spring or offsets in summer. Seed of L.cotyledon hybrids may not come true.

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