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Lewisia nevadensis
Nevada bitterroot

Distribution: Occurring along and east of the Cascades crest, and in the Blue Mountains in Washington; southern British Columbia to California, east to the Rocky Mountains.

Habitat: Open, often gravelly, moist to mesic areas at middle elevations in the mountains to the alpine.

Flowers: May-August

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Succulent, scapose, perennial herb from a fleshy, carrot-like root 1.5-6 cm. long and up to 2 cm. thick, the several scapes 1-8 cm. long.


Leaves all basal, several to numerous, linear to narrowly oblanceolate, up to 15 cm. long.


Scapes 1-flowered, with 2 linear, opposite bracts about mid-length; sepals 2, ovate, 5-10 mm. long, entire, acute, green to red; petals about 7, white or greenish-white to lavender or deep pink, 6-17 mm. long, often glandular-hairy; stamens 4-12; style 1, with 3-6 elongate stigmas.


Capsule about equal to the sepals.

Accepted Name:
Lewisia nevadensis (A. Gray) B.L. Rob.
Publication: Syn. Fl. N. Amer. 1: 268. 1897.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Calandrinia nevadensis A. Gray
Claytonia grayana Kuntze
Lewisia bernardina Davidson
Lewisia pygmaea (A. Gray) B.L. Rob. var. nevadensis (A. Gray) Fosberg [HC]
Oreobroma nevadensis (A. Gray) Howell
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Lewisia nevadensis in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Lewisia nevadensis checklist entry.

OregonFlora: Lewisia nevadensis information.

E-Flora BC: Lewisia nevadensis atlas page.

CalPhotos: Lewisia nevadensis photos.

USDA Plants: Lewisia nevadensis information.

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