Rock Purslane

26 Jul

Rock Purslane (Calandrinia grandiflora), evergreen, succulent shrub, moderate growth to 12 inches in height with a 3 foot spread, mounding growth habit, purple flowers spring through fall, fleshy gray-green leaves, full sun to part shade, drought tolerant, excellent container plant.

A succulent plant, native to Chile, that forms mounds to 1 foot tall by 3 feet wide of fleshy obovate gray-green leaves to 4 to 6 inches long. In spring through fall, rising on delicate 2-3 feet tall stems, emerge the 2 inch wide purple flowers that each last only one day. Plant in full sun to part shade in a well-drained soil with only occasional irrigation. It is hardy to USDA Zone 8 (10-20° F) and is sometimes planted as an annual in cooler climates. This plant has long been known as Calandrinia grandiflora but recently the name Cistanthe has been reinstated for many New World species formerly placed in the genera Calandrinia.

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