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Lewisia pygmaea - (A.Gray.)B.L.Rob.
                 
Common Name Pigmy Bitterroot, Alpine lewisia
Family Portulacaceae
USDA hardiness 3-7
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Open, often gravelly, moist to dryish areas in mountains to above the tree line[60]. Open places in short turf or gravelly or rocky substrates at elevations of 2300 - 4200 metres[270].
Range Western N. America - British Columbia to California, Arizona and New Mexico.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Full sun

Summary

Lewisia pygmaea Pigmy Bitterroot, Alpine lewisia


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Lewisia pygmaea Pigmy Bitterroot, Alpine lewisia
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Physical Characteristics
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Lewisia pygmaea is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.1 m (0ft 4in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 3 and is not frost tender. It is in leaf 7-Sep. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs)Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid and neutral soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Habitats
 Cultivated Beds;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Root.
Edible Uses:

Root - cooked. Steeped and boiled[177]. It can also be dried for later use[257]. The root is said to be extremely nutritious[85], though some native North American Indian tribes believed that eating it could cause insanity[257]. It is easiest to use when the plant is in flower because the outer layer of the root (which is very bitter) slips off easily at this time of the year[85]. The root has a good taste though a decided bitter flavour develops afterwards[105, 161].
Medicinal Uses
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None known
Other Uses
None known
Cultivation details
Requires a very well-drained gritty humus-rich deep soil in a sunny position[1, 200]. Prefers a neutral to acid soil[188]. This species is not reliably hardy in Britain. It can withstand consistently very cold weather but does not like alternating periods of mild and cold conditions, nor does it like winter wet[1]. The plant is very susceptible to rotting at the neck in a damp soil[200]. Plants die down after flowering and start growing again in the autumn[188]. A very ornamental plant[1]. Polymorphic[60]. Very apt to hybridize with other members of this genus[1].
Propagation
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame in a very freely draining soil[129]. Sow stored seed as soon as possible in a cold frame. One months cold stratification should improve germination, though this is still likely to be very slow. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first two winters. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Division in March/April. Very difficult.

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Lewisia brachycalyxShortsepal lewisia20
Lewisia columbianaColumbian Bitterroot, Columbian lewisia, Wallowa lewisia20
Lewisia redivivaBitter-Root22
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Elizabeth H.
Doe Regard Tue May 25 20:44:53 2004
your mom

Link: Pygmy Bitterroot gives adaptations, photos and other cool facts

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