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Talinum paniculatum

Pronunciation: tah-LY-num pan-ick-yoo-LAY-tum
Family: Portulacaceae
Common Name: Jewels of Opar
Plant Type:
  • perennial
  • succulent and cactus
Height to: 3ft (1m)
Width to: 24in (60cm)
USDA Hardiness Zones:
  • 70 to 60ºF ZONE 13
  • 80 to 70ºF ZONE 14
Sun Exposure:
  • full sun
Bloom Season:
  • early summer
  • mid summer
  • late summer
Bloom Description: Jewels of Opar (Talinum paniculatum) produce bowl shaped, red or yellow flowers to 1in (2.5cm) across
Soil Type: Under glass, grow in standard cactus potting mix. Outdoors, grow in well drained, poor to moderately fertile soil
Pests and Diseases: Aphids
Propagation: Sow Jewels of Opar (Talinum paniculatum) seed at 59-64ºF/15-18ºC in spring or as soon as ripe. Divide in spring
Native to: Southern US to Central America
Winter Sowing Zones: None
Notes for Identification:

Jewels of Opar (Talinum paniculatum) is a tuberous rooted, deciduous perennial often grown as an annual, with erect, usually unbranched stems, becoming somewhat woody with age, and elliptic to obovate, mid-green leaves to 4in (10cm) long.

Care: Under glass, grow in full light with good ventilation.  In the growing season, water moderately applying a balanced liquid fertilizer once or twice; keep just moist at other times.

Source: Various sources including The American Horticultural Society A to Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants and the USDA


USDA Heat Zones (days above 86ºF):
  • 150 to 180 days ZONE 10
  • 180 to 210 days ZONE 11
  • Greater then 210 ZONE 12
Seed photo: 0
Seed Label: 0
Located in: Perennials
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