This lovely, bright green foliaged plant with the pretty pink flowers is every gardeners delight.
Common names include: Surinam purslane, Philippine spinach, Ceylon spinach, Florida spinach, Potherb Fameflower and Lagos bologi
In most warm climates it is perennial but in cooler areas it can easily be treated as an annual.
Talinum grows to about 60 cm in height and a similar spread.
Neat and tidy in the garden, especially if it is regularly harvested. it requires little care and is tolerant of some neglect.
In full sun it produces more abundant growth but will grow in more shaded areas when the leaves do become larger and a little darker.
The leaves can be harvested while the plant is still quite young and having a few plants, dotted around the yard can supply highly nutritous steaming greens for any family.
While it can be eaten raw and is very tasty in a salad, the oxalic acid content may prove too much for those with gout, kidney disorders or arthritis.
It is being seriously tested at present for adaptation to drug form as it is very effective as an anti-inflammatory treatment.
It will self seed, though not always where you thought it would, as the tiny pods explode and scatter seed in mid summer.
30 fresh seeds $3.95
Degree of difficulty in germination.....1/10 (1 is easy - 10 very difficult) Seasonal