Wednesday, October 22, 2008

the lovely Calandrinia Grandiflora

Calandrinia Grandiflora, is from Chile, its delicate but spectacular blooms hover above the blue thick leaves all through late summer and fall. With the low angle of October sunlight, the shadows seems larger and more solid than the day-glow magenta blossoms.

I bought a start from the Water Conservation Garden at Cayumaca College in El Cajon, CA. It starts easily from tip cuttings. The tall stems are a strong contrast to the stout bluegreen leaves. It looks great paired with the orange carex "Prarie Fire" and the chartreuse sedum "Angelina".
Almost time to bring inside for the winter, but not until the last flowers bloom.

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