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Talinum paniculatum – Jewels of Opar

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Scientific Name

Talinum paniculatum (Jacq.) Gaertn.

Common Names

Jewels of Opar, Fame Flower, Pink Baby’s Breath

Synonyms

Portulaca paniculata (basionym), Calandrinia andrewskii, Claytonia patens, Helianthemoides patens, Portulaca patens, Portulaca reflexa, Ruelingia patens, Talinum chrysanthum, Talinum dichotomum, Talinum moritziana, Talinum patens, Talinum purpureum, Talinum reflexum, Talinum roseum, Talinum sarmentosum, Talinum spathulatum

Scientific Classification

Family: Talinaceae
Genus: Talinum

Description

Talinum paniculatum is an erect, herbaceous, perennial succulent, related to Portulaca, but has fleshy green leaves and delicate, wiry flower stalks. It produces mainly unbranched stems up to 3.3 feet (1 m) tall from a tuberous rootstock. The stems sometimes become softly woody. Minute hot pink flowers are followed by carmine-colored seed pods that are showier than the flowers.

Talinum paniculatum - Jewels of Opar

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Hardiness

USDA hardiness zone 9a to 10b: from 20 °F (−6.7 °C) to 40 °F (+4.4 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Portulaca plants tolerate many kinds of soil but prefer sandy, well-drained soil and love the full sunlight. These plants are excellent for high heat and drought tolerance, and will seed and spread themselves very well. Some control methods may be needed to keep portulaca plants from becoming invasive to areas where they are not wanted. These wonderful plants do spread easily and very well.

Portulaca species such as Purslane require no attention at all when growing and flowering; however you should remove them from the garden before Portulaca have chance to set seed as they may take over the garden. You do not need to water often for proper Portulaca care. The cylindrical foliage of the Portulaca plants retains moisture very well, thus, regular watering is not needed. When they are watered, just a light watering will do, as their root zone is very shallow.

The seeds of Purslane and other Portulaca members should be sown on the soil surface following the last frost of spring. Ideally Purslane should be grown in a sunny part of the garden and Portulaca genus members thrive in hot areas. The soil that Purslane grows in should be sandy and poor with a pH of 5.5 to 7… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Portulaca.

Origin

Native to the southern United States, much of Latin America and the Caribbean.

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