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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)

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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.

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