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Illustration by Mary E. Eaton
Bitterroot
(Oregon Bitterroot)

Lewisia rediviva



First Noted by Expedition
July 1 or 2, 1806, at Traveler's Rest, Montana.
 

Description
A low, little plant with comparatively big, deep pink to nearly white flowers that bloom on short stalks, nearly within a rosette of narrow succulent leaves. Flowers 1.5-2.5 in (3.8-6.3 cm) wide. Leaves 0.5-2 in (1.3-5 cm) long. Height: 0.5-2 in (1.3-5 cm).
 

Habitat
Open places among sagebrush or pines.
 

Range
British Columbia to southern California; east to Colorado, and Montana.
 

Note
Bitterrroot is the Montana state flower. It was first collected by Meriwether Lewis of the Lewis and Clark expedition, who is honored by the genus name.

Species information from enature.com
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