Java Ginseng (Talinum paniculatum)

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Java Ginseng is a perennial herb/succulent sub-shrub in the Talinaceae family that is native to much of the western hemisphere. It is commonly known as Fameflower, Jewels-of-Opar, or Pink Baby's-breath and can be grown purely as an ornamental plant or for it's myriad medicinal uses.

Java Ginseng is a hardy plant with a delicate look. It sports succulent leaves that are glossy and bright green with wispy sprays of pink flowers, and is a very easy plant to grow with little care.  As it becomes more mature, the plant begins to clump, and become semi-creeping. We plant Java Ginseng under fruit trees in our food forest, mixed in with herb beds, or as a focal point along pathways. 

The younger, tender leaves and shoots can be harvested as vegetables and used in salads. But don't let it's rather delicate and light appearance fool you; Java Ginseng can grow quite large and, although somewhat short-lived, it is a very hardy herb!

Plant Type: 
Perennial Evergreen Herb

Java Ginseng is a fast growing herb that can be grown as an annual for smaller harvests in colder climates.

Jewels of Opar is a succulent shrub. 

Harvest Season: 
Year-round; Blooms year-round.

Mature Size: 
1-2 ft tall and wide

Soil & Moisture: 
Does well in poor soils. Likes sandy, well-draining soil. Excellent for rock gardens and hot areas, as well as rich moist dense areas.

Light Requirements: 
Full Sun, Part Shade

Self-Fertile: 
Yes

Growth Rate:
Fast

Zone Hardiness:
Outdoors 8-11 as a perennial, 4-11 as an annual; Patio/Greenhouse 4+

Propagation:
Grown from seed and cutting and able to harvest within the growing season.

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