This old favorite, popularly known as Purslane, is sometimes used in salads but generally is grown for its gaily-colored flowers of purple, yellow, or pink. A near-allied species, the Calandrinia caulescens, is a native of California and grows abundantly all over the State.
Its cultivation, like that of the Portulaca, is very simple; after cultivating the ground, sow the seeds thinly and rake the ground lightly to cover the seeds, any time between the fall of the first rains and the first of February. This will insure a bed of bright flowers in Spring and early Summer. Thin the plants to eight inches apart as soon as they are large enough to be handled.