Java Ginseng (Talinum paniculatum)
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!