Calandrinia ciliata  Red Maids
ANNUAL.  Whole plant fleshy and succulent.  Basal rosette of straplike leaves, with smaller leaves on flowerstalk.  Flowers are about 1 cm, with five round magenta, purple, or white petals.  Blooms in March-April; plants wither by the end of May.  Flowers bloom one or two at a time and last less than a day.  Most of the time the plant looks like the photo above.  Sepals have thick, hairlike projections, hence the specific name.  A lower desert plant that is uncommon on hot, dry, rocky hilltops in the Empires.
FAMILY:  Portulacaceae (Purslane Family)