Portulacaceae
Calandrinia ciliata

Red Maids

Upright to spreading mat. Stems single or branched, with alternate linear to oblong leaves with rounded tips, flat, thick to fleshy. Flowers single in leaf axils. Petals 5, brilliant rose-red or rarely white, may have hairs around edges, stamens 3–15. Grows in vernal-wet, loamy, sandy soils, coastal turf, disturbed and cultivated places, at low to mid elevations. Cilia are the hairs on the edges of the pointed leaves and on the sepals.

  • Rarity: Locally Common
  • Flowering Time: Late Spring
  • Life Cycle: Annual
  • Height: 1/2 to 7 inches spreading mat
  • Habitat: Coastal, Vernal Wet, Meadow, West-Side Forest, Disturbed
  • Found In: Olympic NP, Siskiyous
  • Native: Yes