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Care of the plant Calandrinia crassifolia or Purslane.

Care of the plant Calandrinia crassifolia or Purslane

The genus Calandrinia, family Montiaceae, includes 150 species of perennial and annual plants native to South America, Australia, and North America. Some species are: Calandrinia crassifolia, Calandrinia galapagosa, Calandrinia ciliata, Calandrinia calyptrata, Calandrinia balonensis.

Common names: Purslane, Redmaid. This species is native to Chile.

They are perennial plants with thick creeping stems that reach 50 cm in height when they bloom. They have fleshy, grayish-green, bluish and light green spatulate leaves. The showy flowers appear on long flower stalks above the leaves and can be purple, red, or white.

They are used in pots, on rockeries and on borders. They are ideal for Mediterranean coastal gardens.

Calandrinia crassifolia grows in full sun or semi-shade exposure in Mediterranean climates. They do not resist frost; the winter safety temperature is 5 ºC.

As soil you can use a commercial substrate for cacti and succulents. They can be grown on stony and sandy soils.

They are drought-resistant plants that need moderate watering, waiting for the substrate to dry. In winter, reduce the risks a lot.

They do not need fertilizers.

Prune off wilted flower stems.

They resist the usual pests but are sensitive to fungal attack if there is excess moisture.

They propagate by seeds sown in spring or by stem cuttings (with rooting hormones).

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Calandrinia crassifolia
Calandrinia crassifolia
Calandrinia crassifolia
Calandrinia crassifolia
Calandrinia crassifolia
Calandrinia crassifolia
 

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