Lewisia longipetala ‘Little Plum’ – Little Plum Lewisia

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Description

Lewisia longipetalla, or long-petalled lewisia, is a rare alpine semi-succulent featuring rosettes of long, narrow leaves and large flowers protruding from short stems. In the wild, it is only found in rocky, snow-covered crevices in a small swath of California’s Sierra Nevada near Lake Tahoe, and in the landscape, the uncultivated species is extremely difficult to grow in a non-alpine environment.

Fortunately, the ‘Little’ series of L. longipetalla varieties was created when a L. longipetalla growing in cultivation in Scotland was by chance pollinated by a more climate-versatile Siskiyou lewisia (L. cotelydon). The result was ‘Little Plum’.

Rose-purple blooms, opening with a hint of orange, adorn the rosettes of this variety in the spring and fall. Cool, semi-shady summers may allow for summer blooms as well.

At the base of the plant’s narrow 4-inch leaves, new plants will slowly offset, forming a clump over time. Drought and cold tolerant, Lewisias are an excellent choice for containers, patios, rock gardens, and for the cracks between rocks in a retaining wall.

Like Lewisia cotyledon, Little Plum needs good drainage. This species will grow in conditions ranging from full sun to dappled shade.

Little Plum Lewisia ships in a 1 quart round pot.

Specifications:

  • Max height: 6″
  • Max spread: 12″
  • Hardiness: USDA Zones 4-9
  • Light: Full sun to part shade
  • Water: 1x per month in summer, natural rainfall is sufficient fall through spring; in particularly dry climates, water 2x/month fall through spring
  • Soil: Well-drained, pH 5-7
  • Wildlife: attracts pollinators, deer-resistant

Additional information

Weight 16 oz
Dimensions 5 × 5 × 12 in
Size

Sm, Med, Lg

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