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Calandrinia grandiflora

Family: Portulacaceae
Genus: Calandrinia (ka-lan-DREEN-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: grandiflora (gran-dih-FLOR-uh) (Info)

Synonym:Cistanthe grandiflora

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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4 positives
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive jroberts123 On Sep 26, 2014, jroberts123 from Jackson, CA wrote:

I love this plant. So beautiful and whimsical with its continuous magenta blooms. The rosettes at the base doubled in number from spring to summer. My only problem has been the deer. They did not bother the plants until late August and they ate them down to the stems. Luckily, leaves are forming along the stem, but I will definitely find a safer place - away from the deer, or plant lavender in front as a deterrent.

Positive Susi_So_Callif On Jul 20, 2012, Susi_So_Callif from Vista, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

This plant is wonderful - carefree and quick to multiply. I believe it is the same plant identified elsewhere as Calandrinia spectabilis.

Positive diaph On Sep 21, 2011, diaph from Culver City, CA wrote:

This is a fantastic plant. It is easily propagated from cuttings. My one cutting stuck in a big planter last fall became the photo uploaded here by July. It gets West sun and have only watered it once all summer (but it's been a cool summer in Culver City, CA).

Positive Ursula On Feb 9, 2005, Ursula from Santiago
Chile (Zone 9b) wrote:

This Chilean Native species grows as well in sandy soils at the coastal areas (where it blooms almost year-round) as inlads, at the foot of the Andes Mountains or in the Atacama Desert after the rare occurance of rainfall (where it blooms during Spring), always in full sun positions. Adecuate for xeriscaping. Good drainage is a must.

The fleshy leaves from an attractive basal rosette, with 50/60 cm long flower stems. Flowers can reach a diameter of up to 6 cm.

This plant can be propagated either from seeds or from separating rootballs.

Sow outdoors is Autumn on a mix of equal parts of river sand and regular garden soil. cover this mixture with a thin layer of pure sand, scatter your seeds and cover the thinly with more sand. Plants grown from seeds can take up to 3 years to bloom.

Separate rootballs and leave them in light shade for a few days, until a 'callus' has formed where it was separated from the rest of the plant. Only then they are ready to be planted. The new plants will bloom a year later.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Brentwood, California
Camarillo, California
Carmichael, California
Culver City, California
Encinitas, California
Eureka, California
Fremont, California
Lemoore, California
Long Beach, California
Los Altos, California
Martinez, California
Menlo Park, California
Mountain View, California
Oakland, California
Oceanside, California
Pebble Beach, California
Pleasant Hill, California
Riverside, California
San Diego, California
San Francisco, California (2 reports)
San Jose, California
San Leandro, California
Spring Valley, California
Vista, California
Yorba Linda, California
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
New Orleans, Louisiana
Richmond, Texas

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