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Calandrinia ciliata

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About Red Maids (Calandrinia ciliata) Calandrinia ciliata is a species of flowering plant in the purslane family known by the common name fringed redmaids. It is native to western North America from British Columbia to New Mexico, where it is widespread and common. It can also be found in parts of Central and South America. This is an annual herb which varies greatly in size from a small patch a few centimeters wide to an erect form approaching 40 centimeters tall. The linear or lance-shaped leaves are one to ten centimeters long and slightly succulent in texture. The flower cluster is a raceme bearing flowers on short pedicels. The flower has usually five deep pink to red petals, each up to 1.5 centimeters in length. There are two sepals at the base beneath the petals. This is a hardy plant well adapted to many habitat and climate types which is known as a minor weed.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Annual herb

Max. Height
1.3 ft (0.4 m)

The linear or lance-shaped leaves are one to ten centimeters long and slightly succulent in texture.

Flower Color
Red, Pink

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Sandy loamy, grassy places


Elevation ?
-7' - 7635'

Annual Precip. ?
5.8" - 71.2"

Summer Precip. ?
0.14" - 2.96"

Coldest Month ?
28.8° F - 55.8° F

Hottest Month ?
50.2° F - 84.2° F

Humidity ?
0.32 vpd - 34.96 vpd

Soil PH
5.0 - 8.0

Fast, Medium

Sunset Zones ?
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7*, 8*, 9*, 10*, 11*, 12*, 13, 14*, 15*, 16*, 17*, 18*, 19*, 20*, 21*, 22*, 23*, 24*

Wildlife Attracted
Native bees

Landscaping Information
Water Requirement ?
Extremely Low
Very Low
Moderate - High

Nursery Availability
Sometimes Available

Other Names
Common Names
Fringed Redmaids

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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