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Calandrinia ciliata (Fringed redmaids)
Pisapia, Robert J.

Calandrinia ciliata

Calandrinia ciliata (Ruiz & Pav.) DC.

Fringed Redmaids, Redmaids

Portulacaceae (Purslane Family)

Synonym(s): Calandrinia ciliata var. menziesii

USDA Symbol: CACI2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)

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.


From the Image Gallery

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Stems prostrate to ascending, up to about 16 inches long.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May


USA: 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.


Use Food: Seeds gathered, cooked, and ground by Nomlaki, Maidu, and other California indigenous peoples.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special 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.

View propagation protocol from Native Plants Network.

National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Calandrinia ciliata in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Calandrinia ciliata in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Calandrinia ciliata


Record Modified: 2023-05-02
Research By: TWC Staff

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