This tuberous-rooted tender perennial is related to portulaca, but 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. The variety ‘Kingwood Gold’ has chartreuse foliage. Plants can grow to 3 feet tall and 2 feet wide.
Noteworthy CharacteristicsThis plant is excellent in mixed containers and window boxes. It self-seeds prolifically and will self-sow into any garden soil.
CareProvide poor to moderately rich, well-drained soil in full sun or light shade.
PropagationDivide in spring, or start seeds indoors 4-6 weeks before the last frost date.
ProblemsSometimes bothered by aphids.
- Genus : Talinum
- Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
- Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
- Zones : 10, 11, 9
- Plant Type : Annuals
- Uses : Containers
- Moisture : Dry to Medium
- Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
- Growth Rate : Moderate
- Flower Color : Pink
- Characteristics : Self Seeds, Showy Foliage, Showy Seed Heads
- Bloom Time : Summer
- Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest