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Calandrinia menziesii  (Hook.) Torr. & A. Gray
red maids,   Calandrinia
Calandrinia menziesii is an annual herb that is native to California.
Siskiyou Del Norte Modoc Humboldt Shasta Lassen Trinity Plumas Tehama Butte Mendocino Glenn Sierra Yuba Lake Nevada Colusa Placer Sutter El Dorado Yolo Alpine Napa Sonoma Sacramento Mono Amador Solano Calaveras Tuolumne San Joaquin Marin Contra Costa Alameda Santa Cruz Mariposa Madera San Francisco San Mateo Merced Fresno Stanislaus Santa Clara Inyo San Benito Tulare Kings Monterey San Bernardino San Luis Obispo Kern Santa Barbara Ventura Los Angeles Riverside Orange San Diego Imperial
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Genus: Calandrinia
Family: Montiaceae  
(Portulacaceae)
Category: angiosperm  
PLANTS group:Dicot
Jepson eFlora section: eudicot

Wetlands: Occurs usually in non wetlands, occasionally in wetlands
Name Status:
Accepted by JEF

Alternate Names:
ICPNCalandrinia ciliata
Information about  Calandrinia menziesii from other sources
Nursery availability from CNPLX
This plant is available commercially.
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[californiagardens.com] Range, Habitat, Edibillity, Bloom Time: Calandrinia menziesii is a low growing colorful annual herb. Calandrinia menziesii is native to California as well as into New Mexico and up to British Columbia. Calandrinia menziesii is the proper name for Red Maids or Fringed Red Maids. The old name Calandrinia ciliata is still widly used in the marketplace and in wildflower manuals. Red Maids grow in grassy or disturbed areas. They grow from 4-8" tall and up to a foot or more wide. The magenta red flowers are open during the day but close at night and stay closed well into morning. All parts of the Red Maids are edible from the roots to the succulent leaves and flowers and seeds. Calandrinia menziesii blooms in late Winter into Early Spring in Southern California and later as you move north. (contributed by Mary Ann Machi)


Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals. [web application]. 2024. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: 05/18/2024).