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Calandrinia menziesii
fringed red maids

Distribution: Occurring west of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia south to California, east to Arizona and New Mexico.

Habitat: Gravelly to heavy soil, usually where vernally moist, at low elevations.

Flowers: April-May

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Annual

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Glabrous annual, the several stems spreading to erect, simple or branched from the base, 10-30 cm. high.


Leaves alternate, fleshy, entire, linear to oblanceolate, 1.5-7 cm. long and 2-10 mm. wide, narrowed to slender petioles, with a few marginal hairs.


Flowers single in the leaf axils below, becoming racemose toward the branch ends; pedicels stout, 3-10 mm. long; sepals 2, unequal, 3-8 mm. long, ovate, one usually pointed, with coarse, marginal hairs; petals 5, equaling the sepals, deep crimson or rarely white; stamens 5-12, the filaments broad, free to the base; style short, stigmas 3.


Capsule papery, 3-valved, equal in length to the sepals.

Accepted Name:
Calandrinia menziesii (Hook.) Torr. & A.Gray
Publication: Fl. N. Amer. (Torr. & A. Gray) 1(2): 197. 1838.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Calandrinia ciliata (Ruiz & Pav.) DC., misapplied
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Calandrinia menziesii in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database

WA Flora Checklist: Calandrinia menziesii checklist entry

OregonFlora: Calandrinia menziesii information

E-Flora BC: Calandrinia menziesii atlas page

CalPhotos: Calandrinia menziesii photos

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