A gift from Ursula in Chile! Bloomed 4 months from sowing
Calandrinia grandiflora with flower-buds (pointing upwards) and seed-pods (pointing downwards). Once the seed-pod is ripe, it turns upwards again and opens.
Cistanthe grandiflora flower-buds ready to open.
Calandrinia grandiflora plant in the wild (foot of the Andes Mountains, Santiago, Chile)
Here it is out of bloom. Strong, agressive grower in SoCal.
Agressive grower. Very drought tolerant.
Flower stalk is about 3 feet tall.
Leaves are a great ice green.
Got in trade w/ a fave DGer. These are just cuttings, but still blooming! What a hard-working plant!
San Diego Botanic Garden
Calandrinia: yes all the fuchsia flowers are from one cutting stuck in a pot the previous fall. photo taken in august.
Calandrinia: this shows more of the foliage.