Container Garden Design: Lewisia

by Ashley Cotter-Cairns
(Container Gardening For You)

Pictures of Flowers: A = Lewisia

Pictures of Flowers: A = Lewisia

Pictures of Flowers: A = Lewisia
Just the kind of flower Victorian artists imagined fairies dancing beneath!

Container Garden Design: A = Lewisia

Image used under a creative commons licence with the kind permission of Alaina B and Flickr

It looks like a succulent, but it's not.

Lewisia is actually a plant in the purslane family, related to the common moss rose (portulaca). It grows in mountain areas.

They require a lot of moisture during the spring and less water during summer and winter.

Lewisia forms a basal rosette of evergreen leaves, and flowers appear on slender stems, each bearing a large number of flowers in colors that range from yellow to orange to pink shades with white veining. It is suited for rock gardens, but it can be grown in containers as well.

The trick to growing lewisia in containers is providing a fast-draining potting medium (mix potting mix with coarse sand) and excellent drainage.

Lewisia's most common problem is crown rot. To avoid it, aside from excellent drainage, you can top-dress the container with grit. They enjoy sun to part sun and bloom during spring. They are perennial to USDA zone 6.Want more? Use the arrows below to see more lovely container garden designs, all with identified plants and care advice.

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