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Talinum fruticosum

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Family: Portulacaceae
Genus: Talinum (tal-I-num) (Info)
Species: fruticosum (froo-tih-KOH-sum) (Info)

Synonym:Talinum triangulare

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Category:
Vegetables
Perennials
Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade

Danger:
N/A

Bloom Color:
Pink
Magenta (Pink-Purple)
Violet/Lavender

Bloom Time:
Blooms all year
Blooms repeatedly

Foliage:
Herbaceous
Smooth-Textured

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
By air layering

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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Profile:

3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Positive passiflora07 On Sep 7, 2012, passiflora07 from Fern Park, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

Common name is Suriname Spinach. Grows vigorously here and self-seeds. Leaves and flowers can be eaten raw or cooked like regular spinach, but this plant does contain oxalic acid, so be careful not to eat too much. It has a light bitterness that adds a nice variation to a mix of salad greens...and the flowers in a salad are lovely :)

Positive MotherNature4 On Jun 14, 2007, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

I've been growing this delightful plant for several years, but didn't know what it was. It is very easy to grow, and hasn't had any special protection from the cold in zone 9A.

Positive artcons On Aug 10, 2006, artcons from Fort Lauderdale, FL (Zone 10b) wrote:

Easy to grow, low maintainence plant.
I have grown mine in a variety of area's of the garden in a many different sun and water situations. It doesn't seem bothered by any of them.

The plant is widely grown in tropical regions as a leaf vegetable.

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Bartow, Florida
Boyette, Florida
Fern Park, Florida
Lakewood Park, Florida
Melrose Park, Florida
Pembroke Pines, Florida
Umatilla, Florida



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