Calandrinia ciliata (Ruiz & Pav.) DC.
Fringed redmaids, Redmaids
Portulacaceae (Purslane Family)
Synonym(s): Calandrinia ciliata var. menziesii
USDA Symbol: CACI2
Small, brilliant, bright reddish-pink, shallowly bowl-shaped flowers bloom on short stalks growing from axils of upper leaves on this succulent plant with spreading or erect stems.
This species is a member of a large genus of the western Americas and Australia named for a Swiss botanist of the 18th century, J.L. Calandrini.
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Bloom InformationBloom Time: Apr , May
DistributionUSA: AZ , CA , ID , MA , NM , NV , OR , WA
Native Distribution: California to Washington; east to southwestern New Mexico.
Native Habitat: Open places where the soil is moist, at least early in the year; often with weeds.
BenefitUse Food: Seeds gathered, cooked, and ground by Nomlaki, Maidu, and other California indigenous peoples.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
Find Seed or Plants
Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.
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National Wetland Indicator Status
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
BibliographyBibref 1218 - Tending the Wild: Native American Knowledge and the Management of California's Natural Resources (2006) Anderson, M. Kat
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Calandrinia ciliata in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Calandrinia ciliata in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Calandrinia ciliata
MetadataRecord Modified: 2008-10-19
Research By: TWC Staff