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Quill Leaf Lewisia
Lewisia leeana
About Quill Leaf Lewisia (Lewisia leeana) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Lewisia leeana (orth.var. L. leana) is a species of flowering plant in the purslane family known by the common name quill-leaf lewisia. It is native to California and Oregon, where it grows in the mountains of the Sierra Nevada and Klamath Ranges. This is a perennial herb growing from narrow, woody taproot connected to one or more caudices. It produces a basal rosette of many fleshy flat to cylindrical blunt-tipped leaves up to 4 centimeters long. The flower cluster bears many flowers on erect, branching stems up to about 24 centimeters tall. Each flower has 5 to 8 white, pink, or purplish petals each about half a centimeter long. This plant is named for Lambert Wilmer Lee, who collected it in the Siskiyou Mountains just south of the Oregon border in 1876. It commonly hybridizes with Lewisia cotyledon in the wild, producing Lewisia x whiteae.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb

9.6 in tall

Flower Color
Flower Color
Pink, White, Purple

Landscaping Information
Full Sun, Part Shade

Soil Drainage
Soil Drainage

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Sandy, rocky places,

Annual Precipitation: 34.0" - 156.0", Summer Precipitation: 0.45" - 6.04", Coldest Month: 25.0" - 48.2", Hottest Month: 47.1" - 71.1", Humidity: 0.68" - 20.92", Elevation: 1550" - 10233"

Alternative Names
Botanical Names: Lewisia leana
Common Names: Quill-leaf Lewisia, Quill-leaved 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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