Lewisia leana

Quill-Leaved Lewisia

Dense rosette of basal leaves and stems. Leaves many, 1/2–2 in. long, linear, flat, somewhat fleshy or cylindrical, rounded at tip. Flower stems 1 to several, with many branches, each branch bearing 2 to many flowers; flower stalks with small bracts at base. Flower petals 6–8, purple, pink, or white, with rounded tips, supported by 2 oval sepals tipped with dark gland. Grows in sandy, rocky places in open pine forests at mid to high elevations. Hybridizes with L. cotyledon where the 2 come into contact. First collected in 1876 by L. W. Lee, a member of U.S. Geological Survey in Josephine County, Oregon (location in which photo was taken).

  • Rarity: Rare
  • Flowering Time: Early Summer
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Height: 3--10 inches
  • Habitat: Subalpine, West-Side Forest
  • Found In: Siskiyous
  • Native: Yes