Calandrinia balonensis ‘Mystique’ – Parakeelya

An interesting and decorative succulent from the semi arid areas of Australia. It grows in an attractive mounded habit, and flowers well through all the warm months. It has dazzling pink to purple flowers with a contrasting pale centre. This is an edible plant, the roots and leaves can be eaten raw. Best in full sun in well drained soil. Good in containers as well as a good hardy garden plant for hot areas. Can take light frost.

Family:Portulacaceae
Scientific Name:Calandrinia balonensis
Cultivar:Mystique
Common Name:Parakeelya
Plant Type:Ground cover
Height:0.1 ~ 0.4 metres
Width:0.3 ~ 0.4 metres
Flower Colour:Pink, Purple
Flowering Time:Spring, Summer, Autumn
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil Type:Sandy, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Potting mix, Poor soil
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, Arid
Light:Sunny, Light shade
Planting Season:Spring
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Dense foliage, Spreading, Mound-shaped
Lifespan:Annual, Short lived
Soil Moisture:Dry, Well-drained
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Groundcover, Feature plant, Border plant, Fire retardant
Special Uses:Edible, Fast growing, Playground friendly
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Butterflies, 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. Nurseries stock a good range of plants, but due to space and supplies, they may or may not have the wanted plant 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 alternative plants that will be just as good for you. Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries. Click on the links for their details-

 

The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Cool Country Natives – ACT

 

Geelong Native Plants – Victoria

 

Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria

 

Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA

 

Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia

 

MAIL ORDER NURSERIES –

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order

 

The Native Shop – mail order

 


 

 

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