The Rock Purslane Succulent ‘Calandrinia Spectabilis’

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Rock Purslane, also called Calandrinia Spectabilis, is an attractive succulent from Chile. This tough plant, part of the Montiaceae family, stays green all year. It is also known for its unique shape, chubby bluish-green leaves, and eye-catching magenta flowers. This article takes a closer look at its interesting features, how to grow and maintain it.

Physical Characteristics

Calandrinia Spectabilis is a small, rounded succulent that usually grows to about 1-2 feet in height and width. Its leaves are long, chubby, and bluish-green, and they come out from thick, water-storing stems. The plant’s ability to store water in its succulent leaves is crucial for surviving in its dry home.

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The best part about Rock Purslane is its beautiful flowers. They sit high on tall stems, reaching up to 3 feet. These lovely blooms show up in spring, stay alive through summer, and sometimes even come back in the fall. Each flower has lots of vibrant purple petals around a bunch of yellow stamens, making a pretty sight that attracts pollinators.

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Cultivation and Care

Given the right conditions, Calandrinia Spectabilis is a relatively easy plant to look after, suitable for everyone.

Soil: The sun-loving plant requires a well-draining soil mix to prevent water-logging and root rot. If you’re planting it in a pot, a mix of regular potting soil and sand or perlite is a good choice to ensure proper drainage.

Light: Calandrinia Spectabilis really likes the sun. If you’re planting it outside, pick a sunny spot. Inside, put it where it gets lots of light but not direct sun. It can handle a bit of shade. Just watch out for too much intense sun, especially in really sunny places. Making sure it gets the right amount of sunlight is important for keeping Rock Purslane healthy and happy.

Watering: Watering should be done carefully, allowing the soil to dry out completely between waterings. You should reduce watering significantly during winter as Calandrinia Spectabilis enters its dormancy. However, this typically means giving it a good drink every 2-3 weeks, but it’s important to adjust based on factors like your local climate and indoor conditions.

Temperatures: 15°C to 27°C or 60°F to 80°F is suitable range for this succulent. If the weather is higher or lower a few degrees, it doesn’t matter. But not if it drops down too low, beneath 10°C, you should have protection for your succulent.

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Propagation and Maintainance

Propagation is typically achieved through seed sowing or stem cuttings, with the latter often proving quicker and more successful.

Calandrinia Spectabilis is pest-resistant, although it can sometimes attract succulent pests like aphids and mealybugs. If necessary, regular monitoring and prompt intervention can ensure the plant remains healthy and vibrant.

Summing Up

In conclusion, Rock Purslane is a special succulent that shows us how beautiful and strong desert plants can be. Its pretty flowers and unique shape make gardens more colorful. It reminds us that there’s always something beautiful to discover, even in tough places. So, having Rock Purslane around is like having a piece of desert wonder in our own space.

There is one more Calandrinia plant we mention on Succulent City. See the plant below and one more suggestion for your next read:

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