Lewisia cotyledon

Siskiyou Lewisia

Crowded rosette of flat leaves from carrot-like root. Leaves many, egg- to spoon-shaped, fleshy. Flower stems 4–12 in., with loose flower clusters. Flowers on 1 in. stalks, each flower about 1 in. across, petals typically pink or orange with white stripes but may be a solid color, including white. Grows in well-drained sandy slopes and rocky sites, including serpentine, at low to mid elevations. Three varieties easily recognized by leaf margins: var. cotyledon leaves are entire, often wide at tip end; var. heckneri leaves are sharp-toothed; var. howellii (pictured) leaves are wavy-edged.

  • Rarity: Uncommon
  • Flowering Time: Early Summer
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Height: 6--20 inches
  • Habitat: West-Side Forest, Subalpine
  • Found In: Siskiyous
  • Native: Yes