Plant FinderPlant Finder Graphic
Zone
Zones vary by species.
Partial Sun
Partial
Regular Water
Moderate

Calandrinia

Portulacaceae
Annuals, Perennials, Flowers

Native to the temperate Pacific coastal regions of North and South America, these clumping evergreen and annual perennials are grown for their satiny, cup-shaped flowers. All tolerate lean soil, but grow and flower best in humus-rich loam. Good drainage is essential.

Calandrinia ciliata

This common Western wildflower populates sunny meadows, growing 8–16 in. high and wide, with narrow, fleshy, gray-green leaves. From late winter into spring, dainty magenta flowers, about 1 in. wide, are produced on 8-in.-long stems. Grow from seed.

Calandrinia grandiflora (photo courtesy of Joshua McCullough/PhytoPhoto)
Calandrinia grandiflora (photo courtesy of Joshua McCullough/PhytoPhoto)

Click to Enlarge

Calandrinia grandiflora

Native to Chile. Shrubby, clumping growth to 1–3 ft. high and 2–3 ft. wide. Thick, fleshy gray-green leaves are narrowly oval and pointed. From spring into fall, plants produce brilliant magenta blooms along tall (1 1/2–3 ft.), slender stems. Lasting just one day each, flowers appear to float above the leaves. Most effective when massed. Easily propagated by cuttings taken in spring. Regular water.

You Might Also Like...

Washingtonia

These fast-growing fan palms are too tall for most suburban gardens; they are best suited to large pro...

Dierama

Native to South Africa. Evergreen; will die to the ground in extreme cold. Sword-like leaves grow to 2...

Casuarina

Native primarily to Australia. At first glance, these look something like pines; their thin, join...

Find Your Sunset Climate Zone

Find Your Sunset Climate Zone

View Maps Learn More

Advertisement