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Plantidote of the Day 2012-04-09

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Mystery plant

I'm fairly certain this is a succulent of some sort. At least, it sure looks like one (see image below for a better view of the plant itself). But that flower! I actually did a double take, because I've never seen a flower like that on a succulent. It looks like an anemone. But wait, it gets weirder!


This plant is growing in a vacant lot, so no one is taking care of it (you can see the long strands of grass and weeds growing near by). Someone planted it there, though, because it wasn't there a few months ago. Very odd. Anyway, I'd love to know what it is. Anyone recognize this plant?

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Submitted by JoeInSF on

I think it's a Calandrinia spectabilis,or something similar. I have one, and it's a great bloomer. I discovered them when i saw them planted in the divider on Guerrero St. They are very easy to grow and pretty easy on the eyes.

Mine has yellow stamens however. It just out it's first buds this week.

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Submitted by twig on

Looks the same to me. And here's a link to some details. Rock purslane is the common name. Drought resistant, fire retardant, bloom all year -- geez, I see why you planted them. Thanks for solving another mystery!