Plants, Stone, California Landscapes


Calandrinia Spectabilis



These calandrinias sure are happy. This spot used to have bamboo in the ground, so before planting, we dug out the soil to a depth of two feet. Whenever we turnover or dig soil, we also add compost (turning soil increases the oxygen in the soil which in turn increases the population of bacterial microbes; you need to provide additional food to sustain the boom of bacterial life or else the population will go bust and leave you with worse soil than before you started), so these calandrinias are growing in two feet of loose, ammended soil, slightly raised to provide good drainage, full coastal sun, pretty much their ideal conditions. They’ve pretty much exploded, tripling in size in three months and blooming by their second or third week in the ground. 

We usually plant them in less optimal conditions where they grow well but much more cautiously. The photo shows their leggy bloom habit. They seem to look best if you can raise them a foot or two so the blooms are stretching up to just below eye level. They will bloom most or all of the winter in Berkeley and Richmond.

The aloe in the lower corner was a dark red when we planted it, but the good soil and (I’m guessing) generous hand-watering by the homeowner has turned it blue-green. Below are a couple of shots of Calandrinia in my neighbor’s garden.





ryan 12/18

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3 Responses to “Calandrinia Spectabilis”

  1. July 8th, 2013 at 11:34 am

    Anonymous says:

    do you happen to know the grey flat rounded succulent next to the calandrinia?

  2. July 8th, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    ryan says:

    I don’t remember for sure but I think it’s a Kalanchoe.

  3. August 26th, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    Jean says:

    my calandrinia spectabilis is turning reddish with spots on it. It looks deseased. Can someone help?

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