Red Maids

Calandrinia ciliata

Red Maid

Color: Magenta to Red, less commonly white

Common name: Red Maids

Latin name: Calandrinia ciliata

Family: PORTULACACEAE

Height: 14-16 inches

Description: Succulent plants with spreading stems, flowers in leafy clusters with shiny petals generally 5, 4–15 mm, stamens 3–15 and two sepals.

Leaf: 1–10 cm, linear to oblanceolate, flat

Range: California Floristic Province, w Modoc Plateau, s East of Sierra Nevada, n Desert Mountains (Coso Range)

Habitat: Common. Sandy to loamy soil, grassy areas, cultivated fields

Elevation: < 2200 m.

Flowering time: Mostly Feb–May

Notes: Common in the upper Sonora Desert especially in Arizona after an abundant rainfall where half the population may be white. The Calandrinia genus was named after J.L. Calandrini, Switzerland, born 1703. This is a hardy plant well adapted to many habitat and climate types which is also known as a minor weed.

Horticulture information: Given full or nearly full sun (tolerates summer afternoon sun), grows especially well in zones 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, and 24 and also in zones 4, 5, and 6. Given moderate summer watering, and full or nearly full sun (tolerates summer afternoon sun), grows especially well in zones 10, 11, and 12 and also in zones 1, 2, 3, and 13.


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