Lewisia rediviva  


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Lewisia rediviva is one of the most beautiful flowers in western North America. It has an interesting life cycle and is completely dormant in the summer.  With fall rains and cooler temperatures, the narrow leaves start to emerge and in late spring the leaves wither and the flowers appear. After setting seed the plant returns to dormancy. It flowers in late May/early June and is common on the summit ridge of Patterson Mountain.






 



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Lewisia rediviva is found in dry areas throughout the west from Arizona to British Columbia. A root was taken back to England from the Lewis and Clark expedition and miraculously revived.