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Phemeranthus brevifolius

Phemeranthus brevifolius
pygmy fameflower

Synonym(s) Talinum brevifolium
Common name pygmy fameflower
Family portulacaceae
Life cycle perennial
Flowers pink
Size 1"
Light sun
Cultural notes drought-tolerant, needs well-drained soil

Succulent with stubby sausage-shaped leaves with pink portulaca-like flowers. I like the seedlings – they look like little chubby hands. From that seedling stage, they're not in hurry to get any bigger: the photo at top was taken four months later than the photo at right. My attempts in Pennsylvania at overwintering this species failed – I hope that I'll be more successful in Houston.

We're re-establishing this plant this year (it used to grow in our garden, but slipped away)

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from NARGS '11/'12 exchange. Baggy 70F with light (54%G, 3-20d)
  2. Seed from NARGS '18/'19 exchange. Baggy 70F (48%G, 7-16d)
  3. Same seed as above. Baggy 70F (17%G, 11-17d)

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