Pinkish-red, striped flowers in late May. Flowers are large for a Lewisia, up to 1" in diameter. Many flowers per plant. Very showy when in bloom.
Similar in appearance to Lewisia cotelydon, but L. longipetela has larger flowers, and longer leaves.
This particular variety is reputed to be hardier than many other Lewisia and we have found this to be the case, a high percentage of this Lewisia overwintered for us. They appear to do best if given some shade from afternoon sun during our zone 3 winters. I think our sunny days during our long winters can desiccate these plants.
We grew these from seed purchased from Jelitto.
Flower stems up to about 6" tall, about 6" in width.
Lewisia require very sharp drainage, because water sitting in the crown of these plants can cause them to rot and die. Best approach is to plant them on a sharp slope, or even vertically between two rocks. Planting them bare root in sand and gravel helps, too.
Hardy to zone 3.
Glen's rating: 9.