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Talinum paniculatum (Jewels of Opar)

Talinum paniculatum (Jewels of Opar)


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. The flower are hot pink and followed by carmine-colored seed pods that are showier than the flowers.

Hardiness

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

How to Grow and Care

Jewels of Opar prefers a full sun location but can tolerate a small amount of shade for part of the day. Does well in hot dry areas but benefits from some watering. It can be drought tolerant for several weeks at a time. Does best in sandy and well drained soils and is tolerant of poor soils and heat. Excellent for rock gardens and hot areas where not to much else grows.

The lime green leaves brighten up any garden and it makes a wonderful border plant or addition to any flower garden. Will reseed itself once established, just thin out the seedlings or transplant to where you want them. If reseeding is undesirable dead head as seeds form. Sadly seeds usually form on same stalks that are still flowering so this is often hard to do.

It grows well as a pot plant and is excellent on hot sunny decks where the lime green leaves provide an appearance of coolness… – See more at: Growing Tips and Uses for Jewels of Opar (Talinum paniculatum)

Origin

Talinum paniculatum is native to the southern United States, much of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Links

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Talinum, Fame Flower, Jewels of Opar 'Kingswood Gold'

Category:

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs Water regularly do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Foliage:

Foliage Color:

Height:

Spacing:

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 °C (40 °F)

Where to Grow:

Can be grown as an annual

Danger:

Bloom Color:

Bloom Characteristics:

Bloom Size:

Bloom Time:

Other details:

Soil pH requirements:

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:

From seed direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

Allow pods to dry on plant break open to collect seeds

Regional

This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Greenville, South Carolina

Gardeners' Notes:

On Dec 16, 2013, SWGardener from Rio Rancho, NM (Zone 7a) wrote:

This plan grows well in the arid high desert of New Mexico. It is an edible plant and can be used just like spinach. The leaves can be eaten by itself but I prefer to mix and steam it with other greens for a delicious side dish.

On Dec 4, 2013, nativeviv from Lafayette, LA (Zone 9a) wrote:

This plant can get excessive here in Lafayette, LA. But I like the graceful flowers that pop up and are wonderful in arrangements. I just pull the plants out when I don't want as many. I did have a variegated one that wasn't nearly as rambunctious, actually didn't grow very well at all, but the foliage was very nice.

On Dec 2, 2013, mrsessie from Humble, TX (Zone 9b) wrote:

I love the way this plant pops up as ground cover in my pots with its bright green leaves and delicate flowers. It's a little wild looking, but sometimes it's the only thing blooming in our scorching weather. It reminds me that weeds are unwanted plants. This plant is never a weed in my yard!

On Dec 2, 2013, euphorMic from Lebanon, OH wrote:

I add this to nearly all of my containers. It is bright, cheerful, and always looks robust and healthy.

On Feb 13, 2008, rjuddharrison from Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

At last, a name to this at first inconspicuous plant I pulled off of a flower arrangement several years ago. Every since it has graced the garden, and pops up about anywhere. It does appear in alot of the potted plants, but this doesn't bother me and always seem to find places for them. I never have to bother with them at all, and just like the Pseuderanthemum alatum chocolate plants, I need only go into the garden and look for the new ones growing to re-locate or pot up as I wish!

On Feb 12, 2008, doniesue43 from Pearland, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I agree it is a pretty little plant but so invasive! I had 1 plant in a pot on my patio and before long I had a Jewel of Opar plant in every pot on my patio. This was over 2 years ago and I still pull the little jewels out of pots on my patio on a regular basis.

On Feb 11, 2008, grassyknoll from Brisbane/Ipswich,
Australia wrote:

I have grown this plant for many , many years. and have only just learnt its name. Many thanks to this site! I live in Brisbane, Australia.
I have never ever seen it for sale and have for years always wondered how it came to be in our gardens. There is no reference to it on any of the weed lists.
Yes. it is delightful. but VERY invasive. I have never seen the golden foliaged form . and my horticultural instincts say dont grow it because of its aggresive growing nature, but the plant lover in me says "Why not" .
In Sri-Lanka, it is said to be of culinary use and the leaves are edible. like spinach..although I would'nt try them myself. not without seeing someone else do it first!
I find it loves the shady areas more than the sun . Not too hard to control. . read more .just got to be on top of it and remember to pull out the hundreds of prodigy along the way.

On Feb 11, 2008, DaisyKM from Dallas, TX wrote:

My friend, gave me one of these plants years ago. Here in the Dallas, Texas area, the plant seems to prefer more shade than sun. The plant is quite invasive, and grows any where the seeds carry. She looks good in the shade, but know that she'll return year after year, and will "take over." I'm now constantly fighting to erradicate this plant from my flower bed.

On Feb 11, 2008, corgimom from Pontotoc, MS (Zone 7b) wrote:

Although beautiful in the sun, this plant has roots that are almost impossible to get rid of, therefore making it invasive in our area.The pretty seedpods will burst ,sending seeds great distances to start plants across the garden.

On Mar 5, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Noted to be tolerant of dry conditions.

On May 7, 2006, abardeen from Orlando, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

This plant has done wonderfully for me and is one of the few that survived over a year of neglect when I was unable to garden. It self-seeds readily and cuttings easily self-root so be careful as it can become invasive. As long as I keep it well mulched it stays under control. The chartreuse foliage is gorgeous.

On Mar 7, 2006, WUVIE from Hulbert, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Oddly enough, this plant does quite well for me in
zone 7-ish, on the west side of the house. It returns
each year with it's cute little pink flowers followed by
the stems of 'jewels'.

On Aug 14, 2005, mgarr from Hanover Twp., PA (Zone 6a) wrote:

Even though this is a zone 9 plant it self seeds and comes back each year. I took the largest plant and potted it up allowing the thick root to be above the soil line and now have a great bonsai. I can see how it would be invasive. But the chartreuse color does add to the normal green foliage in the garden.

On Mar 15, 2005, levilyla from Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:

I have had this for 2 years..it is beautiful..looks good all the time..reseeds heavily. grow as annual in zone 7.


Talinum, Fame Flower, Jewels of Opar 'Limon'

Category:

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs Water regularly do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Foliage:

Foliage Color:

Height:

Spacing:

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 °C (40 °F)

Where to Grow:

Can be grown as an annual

Danger:

Bloom Color:

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Bloom Size:

Bloom Time:

Other details:

Soil pH requirements:

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:

From seed direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed sow indoors before last frost

From seed direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

Allow pods to dry on plant break open to collect seeds

Regional

This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Orangeburg, South Carolina

Prosperity, South Carolina

North Richland Hills, Texas

Gardeners' Notes:

On Sep 1, 2020, curiouserzoe from Akeley, MN wrote:

My lakeside home is near Nevis MN. This plant is new to me this year I am not a horticulturalist. I am disabled for any appreciable walking, so I spend a lot of my time at my patio picnic table where my daughter plants herbals, this Talinum and other plants in pots and tubs for me. I am fascinated by the late-in-the-day/afternoon blossoming of the very small pink blossoms bumblebees and Hover-flies love them also. My wife says that the plant must be an "evening glory". I will attempt to collect some seeds for next year planting.

On Jul 13, 2018, gibbyfrancis from Austin, TX wrote:

This is a very pretty "weed" in our Austin, TX garden. Although it's pretty, it is invasive. Probably would have a hard time getting rid of it if I wanted to. I basically pull constantly the ones I don't want and leave in areas that I want it. It does well with little water and heat but prefers some light shade

On Apr 15, 2016, BotanicalBoi from Carrollton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

I love this plant. It is VERY hardy here in zone 7B. I just let it drop its seed in the area that I want and the plants double the following spring. I am curious as to why this is listed as a tender perennial/tropical and only hard to zone 9. I know for a fact that it is very hard to zone 7A. I have never seen it act as a perennial. Even when brought inside in a pot for the winter.

On Feb 28, 2015, poeciliopsis from Phoenix, AZ wrote:

Central Arizona -- As an AZ native plant, Talinum paniculatum does well here. I grow the Limon cultivar, which unlike it's parental stock seems to prefer to be an annual rather than perennial. It reseeds but no individual plant gets larger than about 6 inches tall and about the same width.

On Nov 16, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

Very handsome plant (self-sowing annual here) grown primarily for its chartreuse foliage. The flowers and seedpods are attractive, too, but only on close inspection---they have a see-through quality, and form a gauzy cloud that hovers over the foliage.

The foliage stays under about six inches, and when placing this plant in the border or in containers, that's the height it's important to remember. Among taller plants, it will get lost.

Yes, this is can be a fairly aggressive self-sower, but the seeds fall near the parent plant, and when I got tired of it, I was able to eliminate it from the garden without too much work. BTW, the chartreuse-foliage trait comes 100% true by seed.

Now I'm looking to grow it again. read more .

"Fame flower" is the common name for a different species, Talinum calycinum.

On Apr 6, 2014, millieac from Frankfort, KY wrote:

Yes, it IS invasive even here where it dies out in the winter, but the seedlings pop up in every conceivable place the next spring and summer. I can well understand that it is a pest in warmer climes. I started with a seed packet 12 years ago and I still have plenty.
I do love the flower stems though, and excellent, long lasting filler in bouquets and as a bunch by themselves. It even is great for drying. The leaves are an attractive lemon color and the plant itself is great for container gardening.
It works in any soil in full sun. It can be used in drier soil. Just be prepared to pick out the seedlings next spring where you had it the previous year

I bought this plant 3 years ago and just this week discovered the name of it in Birds and Blooms. I have shared it with many friends. It does well here in pots, shade and sun. I love it. Just hoe up the unwanted plants. It reseeds each year.

On Apr 26, 2012, purplepetunia from Savannah, GA (Zone 8b) wrote:

a friend gave this to me about 20 years ago and I can't
get rid of it!
I have dug up many of them thru the years.
very invasive in Savannah.

On Sep 20, 2011, buckeyegeorge from Fruit Hill, OH (Zone 6b) wrote:

Love this plant. Have it in two round containers as the centerpiece surrounded by sunpatiens. The leaf color and long panicles offer such interest. My first year with them and I'm planning many more next summer. It's already started baby sprouts from seedlings around the countainer on the ground.

On Aug 5, 2011, minnesotaronnie from Ely, MN wrote:

First bought this plant as a filler in a whiskey barrel about 5 years ago. The next spring I noticed seedlings I didn't recognize coming up in the barrel. They turned out to be Limon. I moved some into the yard here and there and now have them coming up every spring. A fast grower once they get going and easy to grow in Zone 3. You must not disturb the soil in the spring or the seeds will get buried too deeply to germinate.

On Jun 24, 2011, KCtoo from Colleyville, TX wrote:

This plant is easy to grow and does well in the Texas heat. These were planted along with other plants in large pots and were bought as an annual. However, this spring, I had MANY, MANY plants come up from seed. in the pots and in soil around the porch. So I give it a win-win for reseeding and easy growth as well as beautiful coloration and heighth. However, this could be a very invasive plant if you aren't a very hands on gardener!

On Aug 12, 2010, kobwebz from columbia, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

Wonderful unusual annual here in NY. great when planted in mass.

On Aug 11, 2009, piano13 from Moscow, ID (Zone 5a) wrote:

I use this plant as part of a wine barrel planter on my front porch. In full sun, tho shade from 3pm on. Here in North Idaho, I use it as an annual, so I collect the seed heads for next years' plants. In a container, the stems with flowers grow about a foot long, and don't flop. Leaves to 6" it works well for me. Love the chartreuse leaves!

On Aug 5, 2009, BUFFY690 from Prosperity, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:

I recieved this plant from an employee from Riverbanks Zoo in South Carolina. The little chartreuse plants were escaping their home out into the walkway. There was nothing on the plants sems but the pods crazy me I thought these were the flowers at the time. I am putting them into my garden next spring and letting then go into competiton with the other wild like things I grow.
As well as use then in containers.

On May 29, 2009, tscarff from Jackson, MS wrote:

This plant is beautiful and very unusual. Easy to grow.

On Oct 4, 2008, wren107 from Jacksonville, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

This plant can become invasive. Here in North Florida in is a perennial, and it is hard to get rid of. When you try to pull it up it brakes off.

On Mar 4, 2008, jsknutson from Buford, GA wrote:

In North Georgia (7a) we can grow this an annual. I only planted in August and by October it had grown by leaps and bounds. Reseeds over and over. The tall thin shoots come up with little berry like seed pods. The plant is a beautiful bright green and the shoots are deep pink or purple. I brought two little plants inside and they are still doing well on my windowsill. I will plant them outside in April.
I also should add that it did really well during our record drought this year.


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