A gift from Ursula in Chile! Bloomed 4 months from sowing
Easy to grow groundcover in SoCal. Easily propagated from cuttings.
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.
C. spectabilis in bloom. This is six months after planting a 4" pot.
C. spectabilis flower in detail. They are very lightly scented.
Flower stalk is about 3 feet tall.
Leaves are a great ice green.
Calandrinia spectabilis in bloom, with buds
Got in trade w/ a fave DGer. These are just cuttings, but still blooming! What a hard-working plant!
plants starting to bloom in March, Southern California
nursery plant, southern California, April
This spectacular Chilean perennial gets my highest recommendation as the best, super EASY, everblooming, deer proof plant for a dry garden or difficult spot.
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.
Calandrinia spectabilis flowering away in Cape Town
At Newport Beach, California
QQ. Photo courtesy of Yilise Lin. Copyright of Yilise Lin of Palo Alto, California.
QQ and Chyler. Photo courtesy of Yilise Lin. Copyright of Yilise Lin of Palo Alto, California.
La Jolla Shores. Photo courtesy of, copyright of Jim Bishop, a Landscape Designer, from San Diego, California.