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Cistanthe grandiflora

Cistanthe grandiflora or Calandrinia grandiflora is also known as Rock Purslane or Claytonia grandiflora. It was reclassified from Calandrinia Grandiflora to Cistanthe grandiflora in 2009. It is part of the Montiaceae family of plants. It was formerly part of the Portulacaceae family of plants.

Cistanthe grandiflora
Cistanthe grandiflora in West Los Angeles, California

It is a succulent plant. Cistanthe grandiflora is a ground cover native to Chile in South America. Cistanthe grandiflora is usually growing at elevations between 1300 to 2100m or 4200 to 6900ft. It has oval, pointed leaves. The foliage is blue-green and fleshy. It forms mounds. During summer it produces spikes of bright pink flowers.

Cistanthe grandiflora
Cistanthe grandiflora

Cistanthe grandiflora flowers attract bees and butterflies. The leaves are evergreen. The flowers last one day. It still produces a long flowering season due to thw quantity of flowers. It grows to 60cm or 24in tall. Cut back spent flower stems to promote more flowers.

Cistanthe grandiflora is drought-tolerant and heat-tolerant, once it is established. Grow it in full sun or partial shade. Plant it in well-drained soil. Avoid watering Cistanthe grandiflora during winter. It does well in most types of soil. However, ensure it is well-drained. Propagate Cistanthe grandiflora by cuttings.

Cistanthe grandiflora
Cistanthe grandiflora
Cistanthe grandiflora
Cistanthe grandiflora

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