Cistanthe grandiflora (formerly Calandrinia grandiflora, also called Jazz Time) is just coming into bloom in our garden. Cistanthe is a succulent native to Chile. It forms grayish green mounds of fleshy leaves, which measure one to three feet wide, as well as two inch wide pinkish purple flowers. The Cistanthe has delicate two to three foot tall stems that rise about the foliage where the bright flowers are produced. In spring and fall, Cistanthes produce a large number of flowers. They are tough plants and are able to tolerate difficult environments with lots of sun and little water, just perfect for having colors in the garden during our drought.
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