fameflower Seeds ,Succulent ,Perennial herb
TALINUM paniculatum - Jewels of Opar (Tu-Ren-Shen)
[Verde] decorative fruit / medicinal plant / culinary herb
Talinum paniculatum is a succulent subshrub in the Talinaceae family that is native to much of North and South America, and the Caribbean countries. It is commonly known as fameflower, Jewels-of-Opar, or pink baby's-breath.
This tuberous-rooted tender perennial is related to portulaca, but has fleshy green leaves and delicate, wiry flower stalks. Stalks have a fine, see-through texture. Minute hot pink flowers are followed by carmine-colored seed pods that are showier than the flowers. The variety ‘Kingwood Gold’ has chartreuse foliage. Plants can grow to 3 feet tall and 2 feet wide.
Noteworthy CharacteristicsThis plant is excellent in mixed containers and window boxes. It self-seeds prolifically and will self-sow into any garden soil.
CareProvide poor to moderately rich, well-drained soil in full sun or light shade.
PropagationDivide in spring, or start seeds indoors 4-6 weeks before the last frost date
How to Propagate Jewels Of Opar
Propagate with seed or cuttings planted in sandy soil.
Sow the seeds in the spring and take cuttings in the summer.
The seeds are very small.
- To sow the seeds, mix them with some sand and sprinkle them over the potting soil.
- Press the soil down lightly and then cover it with a little more sand.
- Don’t cover the seeds with plastic or glass.
- Leave the seedling tray or pots open and near a bright window.
The plant grows from seed very quickly and should bloom in mid-summer.
If the plant needs to overwinter indoors, take cuttings toward the end of summer.
Use sandy soil and place the plant under a bright light after the cuttings take root.
The seedlings and cuttings require frequent watering until established, but overwatering can cause several disease problems.
Allow the soil to become mostly dry between waterings and remove excess water after each watering.