bitterroot (Lewisia rediviva)

several bright pink flowers with 12-18 petals on rocky soil

bitterroot

 

Common name: bitterroot
Botanical name: Lewisia rediviva

Light: Full sun
Height: 2 – 3 inches
Water: low, drought tolerant
Soil type: rapidly draining gravelly and rocky soils

Perennial wildflower with pink 12-18 petalled flowers in spring; small dark green tubular leaves emerge in fall and wither at flowering; plant is dormant after flowering; roots were harvested by native people for food; Montana state flower

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