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Cliff Maids
Lewisia cotyledon
  
About Cliff Maids (Lewisia cotyledon) 11 Nurseries Carry This Plant Lewisia cotyledon is a species of flowering plant in the purslane family known by the common names Siskiyou lewisia and cliff maids. It is native to southern Oregon and northern California, where it grows in rocky subalpine mountain habitat. It is a perennial herb growing from a thick taproot and caudex unit. It produces a basal rosette of many thick, fleshy oval- or spoon-shaped leaves up to 9 centimeters long. The flower cluster arises on one or more stems 10 to 30 centimeters tall, each stem bearing an array of up to 50 flowers each. Near the flowers are small, pointed leafs tipped with resin glands. The flower has 7 to 13 petals, each about 1.5 centimeters long. The petals may be pale pink with darker veining, whitish with pinkish orange striping, or solid orange to yellow.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb, Succulent

Size
Size
4 - 11.8 in tall
1 ft wide

Form
Form
Spreading

Growth Rate
Growth Rate
Fast

Dormancy
Dormancy
Evergreen, Summer Semi-Deciduous

Fragrance
Fragrance
Slight

Flower Color
Flower Color
Orange, Pink, Yellow, White

Flowering Season
Flowering Season
Spring, Summer

Wildlife Supported
Landscaping Information
Sun
Sun
Part Shade, Full Sun

Moisture
Moisture
Very Low

Summer Irrigation
Summer Irrigation
Max 1x / month once established

Nurseries
Nurseries

Ease of Care
Ease of Care
Moderately Easy

Cold Tolerance
Cold Tolerance
Tolerates cold to -20 - -15° F

Soil Drainage
Soil Drainage
Fast

Soil Description
Soil Description
Well drained. Soil PH: 5 - 7

Common uses
Common uses
Groundcovers, Deer Resistant

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Rocky, sandy fast draining slopes with Oak woodland, Pine/Fir forest, or subalpine forest

Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 24.8" - 153.1", Summer Precipitation: 0.93" - 5.57", Coldest Month: 33.4" - 47.4", Hottest Month: 51.2" - 71.5", Humidity: 0.29" - 21.26", Elevation: 175" - 7013"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Heckner's Lewisia, Siskiyou Bitterroot, Siskiyou Lewisia


Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora


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