Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Plant of the week: Jewels of Opar

Jewels of Opar (Talinum paniculatum) also known as fameflower

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)


This tuberous-rooted tender perennial 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, Blooms in Late Spring/Early Summer, Mid Summer, Late Summer/Early Fall
Plants can grow to 3 feet tall and 2 feet wide. Should be spaced 18-24 in. apart.
Grows in almost any type of soil and is drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping.
Jewels of Opar LOVE Full Sun.
This plant is excellent in mixed containers and window boxes. It self-seeds prolifically and will self-sow into any garden soil, deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Leaves can be eaten in salad, added to soups or can be lightly cooked like a spinach.

I am now a proud owner of some of these plants!

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