Lewisia cotyledon ‘Elise Mix’
If you’re looking for a plant that’s easy to grow, doesn’t take up much space, requires very little water (once established), and provides tons of color, then we’ve got just the plant for you! Lewisia cotyledon ‘Elise Mix’ has succulent-like foliage that forms a rosette from which thin stems emerge that are topped with clusters of funnel-shaped flowers. The flowers come in a vibrant tapestry of colors, including rose, pink, apricot, salmon white, yellow, lilac and bi-color.
These charming plants are recipients of two prestigious awards, including the Fleuroselect Gold Medal, and the Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit. L. ‘Elise Mix’ is some of the newest breeding by plant breeder Floragran in The Netherlands. This variety of Lewisia blooms the first season without a cold period needed that is commonly required with most varieties of Lewisia. If deadheaded regularly, it will reward you with prolific blooms over a long period.
One of the main things to consider with this plant is its water requirements – meaning it doesn’t like a lot of water once it’s established. This is good news for us Californians! L. ‘Elise Mix’ prefers gritty, rocky soil that has excellent drainage. This plant is ideal in rock gardens, terra cotta pots, even in cervices in a retaining wall. Not to say that this plant wants no water – remember, every living thing needs water – just provide occasional water that easily drains away from the plant.
Plant in full sun to partial shade in cooler regions and partial sun to shade in warmer regions. It grows 4-6 inches tall x 6-8 inches wide. Protect from slugs and snails by placing crushed egg shells or diatomaceous earth around the perimeter of the plant. The Sunset Western Climate Zones are 1-7, 14-17. We are currently growing Lewisia cotyledon ‘Elise Mix’ in 4.5” pots.