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Lewisia triphylla

Lewisia triphylla (S. Watson) B.L. Rob.

Three Leafed Lewisia, Three-leaf Bitter-root, Threeleaf Bitterroot, Threeleaf Lewisia

Portulacaceae (Purslane family)

Synonym(s): Claytonia triphylla, Erocallis triphylla

USDA Symbol: LETR2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 4 inches tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug
Bloom Notes: White or pinkish with darker veins.


USA: CA , CO , ID , MT , NV , OR , UT , WA , WY
Canada: BC
Native Habitat: Open places, sandy to gravelly soils, sometimes alpine meadows, usually near melting snow.

Web Reference

Webref 30 - Calflora (2018) Calflora
Webref 3 - Flora of North America (2014) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Lewisia triphylla in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Lewisia triphylla in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Lewisia triphylla


Record Modified: 2020-11-12
Research By: CBR

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