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PlantFiles: Jewels of Opar, Fame Flower
Talinum paniculatum 'Kingswood Gold'

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Family: Portulacaceae
Genus: Talinum (tal-I-num) (Info)
Species: paniculatum (pan-ick-yoo-LAY-tum) (Info)
Cultivar: Kingswood Gold

4 members have or want this plant for trade.

Category:
Annuals
Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:
6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spacing:
Unknown - Tell us

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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Danger:
N/A

Bloom Color:
Rose/Mauve
Red

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:
Grown for foliage
Herbaceous
Chartreuse/Yellow
Succulent

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

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:
Unknown - Tell us

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

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Profile:

8 positives
4 neutrals
2 negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive SWGardener 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.

Neutral nativeviv 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.

Positive mrsessie 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!

Positive euphorMic 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.

Positive rjuddharrison 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!

Negative doniesue43 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.

Neutral grassyknoll 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....just got to be on top of it and remember to pull out the hundreds of prodigy along the way!!!!

Negative DaisyKM 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.

Neutral corgimom 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.

Neutral berrygirl On Mar 5, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Noted to be tolerant of dry conditions.

Positive abardeen 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.

Positive WUVIE 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'.

Re-seeds freely.

Positive mgarr 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.

Positive levilyla 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.

Regional...

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

Vincent, Alabama
Long Beach, California
Los Angeles, California
Winnetka, California
Bradley, Florida
Cape Coral, Florida
Hollywood, Florida
Molino, Florida
New Port Richey, Florida
Orlando, Florida
Lafayette, Louisiana
Clinton, Mississippi
Saint Louis, Missouri
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Pottersville, New York
Wallkill, New York
Lebanon, Ohio
Harrah, Oklahoma
Hulbert, Oklahoma
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Greenville, South Carolina
Beaumont, Texas
Denton, Texas
Garland, Texas
Houston, Texas
Humble, Texas
Livingston, Texas
Pearland, Texas
Sanger, Texas
Tyler, Texas
Fredericksburg, Virginia
Roanoke, Virginia
Staunton, Virginia
Kalama, Washington



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