Look! Calandrinia on Guerrero (and in Your Garden?)

Look! Calandrinia on Guerrero (and in Your Garden?)

Susie Nadler
Aug 17, 2009

Have you noticed the new plantings on the Guerrero Street median lately? The median between 20th and 24th, which was planted last December, is just going crazy with purple blooms from this gorgeous, prolific succulent, Calandrinia grandiflora (commonly known as Rock Purslane). It's an amazing garden plant for the Bay Area, blooming eight or nine months of the year, with cute blue-tinged succulent foliage to boot...

Calandrinia is easy to grow, requiring very little water. If you've paid attention to the planting on Guerrero, you'll know that Calandrinia also gets big fast—the little one-gallon plants installed in the winter are already huge, and producing, as you can see, ridiculous numbers of pretty purple flowers.

If you like to cut flowers from your garden, Calandrinia is a great choice. Closed buds will open up on the cut stems for a couple of days after you put them in water.

Locally, you can often find Calandrinia grandiflora at Annie's Annuals and Flora Grubb Gardens.

Have any of you tried this plant in your garden? Do tell!

(Images: Susie Nadler; Flora Grubb Gardens)

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