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How to Grow Bitter Root

Lewisia Germination Information

Lewisia is the botanical name for Bitter Root
Leucanthemum Seed Germination How to Sow Lewisia:
  • Expect germination in 30-50 days
  • If sowing seed outdoors, we recommend a maximum planting depth of 4X the width of the seed
  • Seeds sown outdoors will germinate in the Spring

How to Grow Lewisia:
Transplanting: Transplant when there are at least two sets of true leaves. Use care when transplanting and do not break or rip the main taproot.

Soil: Provide full sun to light shade in sandy soil or position among rocks and crevices. Soil drainage must be excellent, and it will readily tolerate a dry rocky soil, although it likes to be well-watered while in flower.

Additional Care: For conservatory culture, provide full sun, 50° nights, and allow the soil to dry out between waterings.

Appearance and Use:

Bitter Root is grown as a conservatory plant in cold climates. When planted outside it is a prime candidate for a rock garden, for growing along a stone wall, and for a dry place in a border. Plant habit is that of a 12-inch high by 10-inch wide, compact rosette. Flowers are likened to starry, open funnels of pink, white, or yellow; often with darker veining. Flowers appear in the early Spring to Summer. Leaves are dark green with a slight bloom, strap-shaped from 1 ¼ to 6 inches long, and they are evergreen.

About Lewisia:
Pronunciation:  lu-is'e-a kot-i-le'don
Lifecycle:  Perennial
Origination: Portulacaceae; native to the Western U.S.
Common Name: Bitter Root