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PlantFiles: Jewels of Opar, Fame Flower
Talinum paniculatum

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

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:

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


Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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22 positives
1 neutral
4 negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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

I've grown the chartreuse-leafed seed strain 'Limon', which I find more useful in the garden and containers. It comes true by seed 100%.

It can self-sow aggressively here, but the seeds land near the parent plant, and when I got tired of it I eradicated it without too much work.

Now I'm looking for seeds again.

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

Positive customscapes On Oct 3, 2014, customscapes from Mesa, AZ wrote:

We have grown it here in our yard for a year or two, including two summers, in Mesa, AZ. It has done great! I love the look! Due to our hot dry summers and winters that can get below freezing, it can be difficult to find easy care perennials that look so good. I am especially interested in the health benefits of this plant, which I put in "green drink smoothies" in the morning, along with Moringa, Purslane, sweet potato leaves, grape leaves, various other greens or fruits, and a little stevia for sweetness. Helps keep me going while working outside as a landscape contractor in the hot summers that can get over 115 degrees. Full or part sun both do great. Haven't tried shade. Winter low temperatures typically Mid 20's, to about 17 degrees (lowest I remember--hasn't yet gotten that low since planting). Seems to be pretty drought tolerant. (Not like cactus, but hey!)

Neutral deba114620 On Aug 4, 2014, deba114620 from Rochester, NY wrote:

This plant appeared in my Rochester, NY garden. Two in my back garden and one in a hanging pot. I have no idea where it came from but hopefully will not be invasive in this climate.

Negative ShallowGal On Dec 2, 2013, ShallowGal from Lakeland, FL wrote:

INVASIVE!!! It's cute but in our neck of the woods you'll have it forever, everywhere. Every pot & crack in the patio. Fortunately, it is easy to pull up.

Positive littlebud On Jul 11, 2012, littlebud from DRESHER, PA wrote:

I absolutely adore this magical little plant (Talinum paniculatum 'Limon') my zone, 6, it tends to stay small, only 10 or so inches and has not exhibited any invasive tendencies.
I especially appreciate its structure and coloration - the tracery of the filament-like stems, the fuchsia pink of its flowers and ruby seed pods and especially the brilliant chartreuse foliage!! I monitor it carefully so I can harvest the seeds before they scatter everywhere. My timing isn't always
right, so every summer I get a few seedlings popping up here and there, which I carefully transplant to another spot in the garden. They transplant beautifully and thrive in the full, hot sun! I would love to have a running row of hundreds of plants all blooming together! Also, I started with the original plants in pots, which didn't prevent the seeds from going in all directions, since the blooms protruded outside the pot's edges. This is one plant I hope to always have somewhere in my garden.

Positive david3payne On Jun 24, 2012, david3payne from Lubbock, TX wrote:

I had admired this plant as a pass-along growing in a pot outside my mother's sunporch in Kingwood (n.e. Houston).
In fall '11, I noticed it being sold by at Lubbock's 2nd-Saturday farmer's market, bought a plant, and put it in the passive solar front porch.
Spring '12, spourts appeared about six feet in front of that porch! Reading the DG comments, I gather that Talinum's "root" compares with the "spindle" of Four O'clock plants. Certainly, Talinum volunteers are flourishing in afternoon shade.
Many plants labelled "invasive" prove good candidates for west Texas gardens.

Positive Linda777 On Apr 16, 2011, Linda777 from Cape Coral, FL wrote:

Just purchased this at a Herb Day in Fort Myers, FL. Monica Brandies was a guest speaker & she is referring to it as the "Leaf-a-Day" plant. It is pleasantly edible & supposedly quite good for one's health. Apparently new research is showing it to have anti inflammatory properties as well anti oxidants. I just know it tastes good & I'm excited to plant it. Let it sow!

Positive lgp1236 On Aug 6, 2010, lgp1236 from Huntsville, TX wrote:

I just discovered this plant,it was given to me by my friends mother.She didn't know what it was.I searched and searched on the web for it's identity. Today I found it on Onalee's home grown seeds and plants website.I was so thrilled to finally know what it was! Just one more reason I love her website. It can be invasive all it wants,I like everything about it,from it's interesting leaves to its tiny pink flowers and abundant seeds.

Negative pyecombe On Jan 6, 2009, pyecombe from Laurel, DE wrote:

For two years I was in love with this plant then the third year it totally took over my garden. It is terribly invasive and the huge carrot-like roots are impossible to pull out by hand. Don't give any to your friends or they might not speak to you any more!

Negative ceejaytown On May 15, 2008, ceejaytown from The Woodlands, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I admired this sweet little plant in someone's garden, and she was so kind as to give me some. (Shame on her.) This plant reseeds freely and the plants quickly develop a huge tuber that is difficult to dig up. Before I knew it, it was all over the place. I had to move to get rid of it. Never again!

Positive jestelleoan On Feb 13, 2008, jestelleoan from Tyler, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

I really love this plant because the tiny flowers sway in the breeze and they are so bright that you can see a wave of color.

Dies back in winter but reseeds the next spring.

Positive PhillyLover On Aug 5, 2007, PhillyLover from Philadelphia, PA wrote:

I am growing the new variety called Limon.

Awesome plant. I have some in part shade and also some in full shade.

It grows about 1.5-2' tall in the part shade and under 1' in the full shade.

I prefer to clip off the most of the flower stems for a better view of the chartreuse foliage.

Positive Musgrave On Jun 24, 2007, Musgrave from Brandon, FL wrote:

This plant is a very good cooked or raw spinach . In our area it is also known as Florida Spinach . Central Florida E Musgrave

Positive GrandmaBinkie On Apr 2, 2007, GrandmaBinkie from Brisbane
Australia wrote:

Greetings from Queensland, Australia. I have been ransacking my gardening books, and Googling night and day to identify an interesting plant which appeared in the garden of our new (to us! ) house. Lo and behold, here it is...Talinum Paniculatum. Whether this is of any interest to U.S users I have no idea, but this specimen appeared from nowhere (presumably from seed) and has withstood one of the worst droughts on record. Admittedly, I began to water it a little after deciding it was not a weed, but it appears to tolerate very hot dry weather. I shall take note of your comments about invasiveness, though!

Positive WUVIE On Feb 26, 2007, WUVIE from Hulbert, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Each year I keep my fingers crossed, and sure
enough, it returns to make me happy!

Grown on the west side of our home next to a small
fence, it would likely do well in a sunnier location, but
I've had so much luck with it where it is, I'd hate to jinx things.

The flowers are incredibly small, but worth a lean in
to smile about. Abundant seed producer, never have
to worry about reseeding.

Positive starlight1153 On Nov 10, 2006, starlight1153 from Seale, AL (Zone 8b) wrote:

I grow this plant down here in zone 8a/b. I grow it in pots that stay outside year round. During the worst drought ever here, this plant kept going when other plants wilted and died.

This plant also makes a great potted plant and placed on a window sill. Will grow, and bloom even with low light.

Nicknamed Old Lady Hat Pin here because the thin stalks and flower pods resemble the old fashioned long hat pins ladies used to use to hold their hats in place.

Does well in sun or shade. Does well, by itself or planted under trees.

Positive chnall On Jul 8, 2005, chnall from Dallas, TX wrote:

I love this plant. Yes, it does self seed. Mine came up all by itself all along a strip just about 8 inches wide down the entire driveway. I watered it whenever I noticed the leaves curling up. This year I put down a soaker hose for it. When I moved the Mexican Petunias, it went along, as did butterfly weed and widow's tears. This is the fun part of a zeriscape "cottage" garden! When I bought the plant, it was mislabeled as a gaura. When I could not find a guara on the web that looked like this plant, I took one to the nursery today and they identified it for me.

Positive mkjones On Jun 13, 2005, mkjones from Aurora, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

I LOVE this little plant! I bought one and kept it indoors for about a year. It did very little other than exist. Then, I put the pot outdoors last month, in amongst my azaleas & roses, and wow! Growth and blooms!

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

I love the cultivar 'Kingswood Gold'. The lemon-green foliage is attractive and if you dig the root before frost, it makes a great bonsai for the winter. This is also a good way to overwinter the plant so you have a start for the next year. Where I garden in zone 5/6 it is never a problem with new seedlings in the spring or early summer. If they do pop up it is simple to just scratch them away.

Positive mike_joines On Aug 29, 2004, mike_joines from Seattle, WA wrote:

Here in Seattle, in a container, this has been a surprise and delight. By chance recommendation from a neighborhood specialty nursery, I took home 2 of these plants; put them in a pot each with purple-leaved basil, purple sage, and a purple-flowering calibrochea (sp?). The plant form combinations were great; the Jewels of Opar is very upright and architectural when the sprays of flowers/seeds appear. The color, on the other hand, is a little difficult to mix, what with the pink flowers and red berries, not to mention chartreuse foliage. You can sort of ignore the insignificant pink flowers. It is amazing how this plant branches out so evenly without any pinching, etc. The seed sprays are the same. Will see if mine overwinter.

Positive plantr On Jul 26, 2004, plantr from Huntersville, NC wrote:

While I have found that this plant self-seeds all over the place, I really love it. When it pops up somewhere I do not want it, I simply pull up the tiny seedlings. My greatest fear has been that it would die and not return, becasue I did not know the plant's name. Finally, in the Feb. edition of Fine Gardening, an author referenced the plant, and I was thrilled!

The plants perform beautifully in my zone 7 garden - withstanding draught nicely, and requiring no attention. The seedlings pop up later then I expect, so I'm always careful not to disturb an area where I know they were growing the previous year. I also grow some in pots, just to be sure I'll have seeds for the upcoming year.
I bought my first plant, unnamed, from a nursery that is no longer in existance.

Positive plantzperson On Oct 6, 2003, plantzperson from Zachary, LA wrote:

I have grown this plant for at least 40 years here in South Louisiana (U.S.) It is the BEST thing in heat & humidity & I know of no pests for this plant.

The foliage is so luminous, a glowing emerald that stands out on its own. The thin stems with the little pinky-purple-burgundy seed heads sway at the slightest hint of breeze. I love plants that take care of themselves & grow where they want to, within reason. This one just fits the bill for that. The roots become large & fleshy & come back each spring for me. I was given this many years ago as a passalong plant by my aunt and it has special memories for me.

Positive udigg On Oct 5, 2003, udigg from PH
Israel (Zone 10b) wrote:

It's a very cute plant for the connoisseur. It is invasive, so grow it in a pot, but don't miss it - it's so delicate-looking!

Positive Sunset16 On Jun 29, 2003, Sunset16 from Los Altos, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

I love these little plants, but they aren't hardy by any means,nor have I ever had them spread in any way. I've had great difficulty keeping them alive and lost 4 of the 10 I originally started with because they were located in full sun and I didn't water them nearly enough. Maybe it's just my zone, but here they live on a shady deck and must have regular water or they faint! During hot spells, I have to water them twice a day.

Negative Cocomo On Jul 15, 2002, Cocomo from San Juan, PR (Zone 10b) wrote:

This plant has some small pink flowers and succulent leaves, that appeal to some gardeners. However watch out for this is an invasive plant due to its ability to produce hundreds of minute seeds on its tiny fruits.

Do not plant in the yard since they will take over the place and you will be pulling them like weeds over the next couple of years. If you want to grow this do so in a pot, where there is no danger of spreading the seeds around.

The roots looks kind of nice, like Ginseng (but they are not, of course), but that's about the only nice thing I find about this plant. They are hard to get rid of! I live in zone 10.

Positive heisrisen287 On May 28, 2002, heisrisen287 wrote:

The Jewels of Opar are a fantastic delight in any flower bed. It is pleasing to the eye all year around and blooms all summer long. Its foliage speaks volumes alone and requires little care. I haven't ran into any insect or disease problems and I am well into its second year, planning to plant many more. They are so very elegant and lovely.

Positive talinum On Aug 8, 2001, talinum from Kearney, NE (Zone 5a) wrote:

A tender perennial used as annual in colder areas. Has succulent leaves and very small starry pink flowers with white stamins that sway on wiry-stemmed sprays. The tiny flowers contrast pleasingly with the red to burgundy round seed capsules (the "jewels".)

The foliage is outstanding. Can be grown in semi-shade, but won't get as tall. Very heat and drought resistant.


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

, (2 reports)
Birmingham, Alabama
Seale, Alabama
Tuskegee, Alabama
Mesa, Arizona
Little Rock, Arkansas
Burlingame, California
Madera, California
Laurel, Delaware
Bartow, Florida
Brandon, Florida
Brooksville, Florida
Cape Coral, Florida
Daytona Beach, Florida
Delray Beach, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Gainesville, Florida
Hollywood, Florida
Kissimmee, Florida
Lakeland, Florida
North Port, Florida
Ocala, Florida
Oldsmar, Florida
Orlando, Florida
Sarasota, Florida
Wellborn, Florida
Rincon, Georgia
Villa Rica, Georgia
Woodstock, Georgia
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Many, Louisiana
Metairie, Louisiana
Slaughter, Louisiana
Zachary, Louisiana
Roslindale, Massachusetts
Ely, Minnesota
Sidon, Mississippi
Terry, Mississippi
Piedmont, Missouri
Saint Louis, Missouri
Lincoln, Nebraska
Averill Park, New York
Rochester, New York
Chadbourn, North Carolina
Huntersville, North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina
Cleveland, Ohio
Enid, Oklahoma
Hulbert, Oklahoma
Nyssa, Oregon
Dresher, Pennsylvania
Houston, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Charleston, South Carolina
Columbia, South Carolina
Okatie, South Carolina
Lenoir City, Tennessee
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Austin, Texas (2 reports)
Baytown, Texas
Beaumont, Texas
Dallas, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas (2 reports)
Frisco, Texas
Huntsville, Texas
Iola, Texas
Iredell, Texas
Lincoln, Texas
Lubbock, Texas
Manchaca, Texas
Newton, Texas
Portland, Texas
Roanoke, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Spring, Texas
Sugar Land, Texas
Tyler, Texas
Mossyrock, Washington

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