Calandrinia balonensis ‘Charisma’ – Parakeelya

A herbaceous succulent plant with lovely large white flowers on an attractive plant. The petals have a silky texture and look, and it flowers from spring all the way through to autumn, making it a great addition to flower gardens. Also good for container growing here it can spill down the sides. It is also edible, roots and leaves are eaten uncooked, while the seeds can be ground to a paste and cooked. Likes a sunny spot in well drained soil, takes heat and some frost. A plant which can survive difficult conditions, but will look better with more care.

Family:Portulacaceae
Scientific Name:Calandrinia balonensis
Cultivar:Charisma
Common Name:Parakeelya
Plant Type:Ground cover
Height:0.1 ~ 0.4 metres
Width:0.3 ~ 0.4 metres
Flower Colour:White, Yellow
Flowering Time:Spring, Summer, Autumn
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil Type:Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Potting mix
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Courtyard, Poolside, Container growing, Cottage garden, Flower garden, Coastal garden, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean, Semi-arid
Light:Sunny
Planting Season:Spring
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Dense foliage, Spreading, Mound-shaped, Weeping
Lifespan:Perennial
Soil Moisture:Dry, Well-drained
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Groundcover, Feature plant, Border plant
Special Uses:Edible, Fast growing, Playground friendly
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Other insects

 

 


 

WHERE TO GET YOUR PLANT

 

Once you have found the plant that you want, the next step is to find where to get it. Visit or ring your favourite nursery to see if they have it in stock. If they don’t, they may be able to order it in for you.  Specialist nurseries are also able to give great advice, and if they don’t have the plant you want, they can often suggest an alternative to you. Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries, and some who do mail order. Click on the links for their details-

 

The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Cool Country Natives – ACT

 

Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria

 

Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA

 

Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order

 

The Native Shop – mail order

 


 

 

Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertiliser for native plants.