Rock Purslane (Cistanthe grandiflora)

Rock Purslane

This exceptional succulent pops with passionate purple blooms. The Rock Purslane (Calandrinia grandiflora) is a botanical beauty that will become a sure favorite in your garden for its full leaves and pinkish purple flowers.

If you’re in need of a great groundcover and want a little color in your garden, this may become your go-to succulent.

This perennial succulent will make your heart melt in the late spring when it sends up spikes that erupt with poppy-shaped fuchsia flowers with bright yellow centers. Each stem can produce multiple flowers, making this succulent dazzle and dance with color throughout summer.

And when not in bloom, the Rock Purslane is still attractive. It has full blue-gray leaves that seem to shimmer in the sun. The foliage remains lush and full, so it’s perfect for edging.

You’ll really grow to appreciate its ability to thrive in rocky soil where other plants struggle to survive. For those sandy or rocky areas that can become an eyesore, this exquisite succulent makes it a wonderful groundcover. It’s ability to spread while growing upward and outward creates a superb texture.

Well-known for loving hot climates, but unlike many succulents, this wonderous plant can survive some colder winter temperatures. It can resist the occasional temperature drop to 18 degrees and the mid to high 20’s. And you’ll love how little maintenance this unfussy plant requires, thriving without excessive watering. You’ll have time to tend the rest of your garden as you watch this beauty grow.

This glorious succulent will bring depth and fullness to your garden without a lot of maintenance.

  • Vibrant Fuchsia Flowers the Bloom from Late Spring into Summer
  • Great Groundcover
  • Low Maintenance and Attractive Foliage

Rock Purslane (Cistanthe grandiflora) Details

Common name Rock Purslane
Botanical name Cistanthe grandiflora
Hardiness zone Outdoors 8-11(Indoors 4-11)
Growth rate Medium
Height 12 - 15 inches
Width 2 - 3 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun, Partial Shade
Moisture Low
Soil condition Well Drained
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Flower color Purple
Leaf color Succulent