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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 first attempt at overwintering this species failed – I hope that this year's try, with seedlings set out both in the nursery area and in hypertufa pots, will be more successful.

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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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)


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