Calandrinia grandiflora (Rock Purslane)

Full Sun
Light/Partial Shade
Soil Type:
Mainly dry
Soil Type:
Most Types
Soil Type:

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Plant Overview

A wonderfully showy plant and a real talking point when in flower. Many sprays of exceptionally lovely silky purple-pink large flowers stand above blue-green rubbery rosettes throughout the summer. They are fast growing and have a long flowering season and with luck will self-seed on a scree.

The flower stems and buds are fascinating in themselves, looking as they do like snake heads. 

From Chile in South America and there are differing reports about their hardiness, but we have not had any trouble with them over the winter here.

Drought tolerant when established, slug resistant and as tough as old boots.

Height and Spread: 30cm x 60cm

Common name(s): Rock Purslane


All our plants are supplied in 9cm pots unless otherwise specified. Plants in this size pot establish quickly in the garden and often outpace plants in bigger pots planted at the same time. Our potted plants can be planted immediately, unless otherwise noted, or you can leave them in their pots until you are ready to plant.
The majority of our plants are grown outdoors. This means that they follow their natural growth patterns and are ready to plant at any time of the year. If you order the plants in winter, they are likely to be dormant and died back to ground level, ready to shoot again in spring - just like the herbaceous perennials in your own garden. Very occasionally, in winter, we may indicate on the packing slip that a plant needs to be hardened off before planting out. This will be because it has just come out of a polytunnel. If you have any questions about our plants or growing methods, please feel free to drop us an email.
We grow most of what we sell ourselves, in our nursery in the Buckinghamshire countryside. Our prices include VAT at 20%.