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Lewisia 'Little Plum'

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size





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Bitterwort Overview

This genus consists of perennials some of which are evergreen with rosettes of succulent leaves and deep tap roots. Most of the species are good in an alpine house, troughs and rock gardens. They are fully to frost hardy. The evergreen species will need semi-shade, humus-rich, moist or well drained soil, The herbaceous species will shed their leaves in the summer and require sun and well drained, neutral to acidic soil.

Common problems with Bitterwort

How to propagate Bitterwort


You can propagate herbaceous species from seed in spring or autumn. Evergreen species from seed in spring or offsets in summer. Seed of L.cotyledon hybrids may not come true.

Other uses of Bitterwort

Rock garden