Talinum paniculatum; was Re: What's blooming this week -20 September

James Waddick jwaddick@kc.rr.com
Thu, 22 Sep 2011 09:13:24 PDT
>Mary Sue mentioned Talinum paniculatum.

Dear Freiends,
	I too was a little surprised at this inclusion. I consider it 
a weed here especially in pots kept above freezing. Mary Sue's 
comments sent me to the web where I found it is indeed a tuberous 
rooted perennial ( I thought it an annual) and edible (even found a 
couple recipes).
	I started with a plant of the variegated form, but all 
seedlings came up with gold foliage ala 'Kingswood Gold'. I never get 
typical green seedlings. But I treat it as an annual and thus lost my 
original variegated which was very attractive.

	I think the common name 'Jewels' of Opar' was just made up to 
'cash in' on a tie to Tarzan and the name stuck long after the book 
has disappeared.

	I usually let a few grow - seeds produced and then they are 
allowed to succumb to our cold.

	So thanks Mary Sue (Again) for pointing out an unexpected 
geophyte and new addition to the wiki some day.

			Best  Jim

Dr. James W. Waddick
8871 NW Brostrom Rd.
Kansas City Missouri 64152-2711
Ph.    816-746-1949
Zone 5 Record low -23F
	Summer 100F +

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