Lewisia cotyledon, Cliff Maids

Lewisia cotyledon

Cliff Maids
Family: Portulacaceae
Origin: California
Small plant 2-5 ftSemi-shadeFull sunModerate waterYellow, orange flowersRed, crimson, vinous flowersUnusual colorBlue, lavender, purple flowersWhite, off-white flowersPink flowers

Colors range from white, off-white, blue, lavender, purple, yellow, orange to red and crimson. The unusual color of this small shrub ranges from two to five feet in height and is native to California. It's optimal growth lies between full sun exposure and partial shade exposure, as it does not require an excessive amount of sunlight or water.

To effectively grow Lewisia cotyledon in the climate, the soil must be rich and well-drained, but not too dry. The soil must also have plenty of organic matter and it is recommended to avoid planting near the coast or in areas highly exposed to salt winds. This is because the air can cause the foliage to dry out and the flowers may not form correctly or may not hold up against the drying out.

To water properly, Lewisia cotyledon should be consistently and regularly watered, so that the soil is moist but not soggy. During times of drought, additional watering may be necessary, especially if the plant is in a pot. During colder conditions, the soil should be kept a bit more moist and the plant should be protected from direct frost.

When it comes to caring for Lewisia cotyledon, it benefits from a fertilizer that is high in phosphorus during the flowering period. This help the plant produce a better display of flowers. In colder regions, it is also beneficial to grow Lewisia cotyledon in a pot, because this will help to protect the plant from cold temperatures and frost.

Lewisia cotyledon, Cliff Maids
Lewisia cotyledon, Cliff Maids

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