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Talinum calycinum

Talinum calycinum
large fameflower
Talinum calycinum

Synonym(s) Phemeranthus calycinus
Common name large fameflower
Family portulacaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z5-9)
Flowers pink (late spring-summer)
Size 8"
Light sun
Cultural notes well-drained soil, drought-tolerant
From seed Flowers first year from seed sown indoors early.
detailed seed-starting info below
Seed ripensextended period, starting late July

Compact-growing succulent, native to US prairies. The slightly twisty mass of slender rubbery leaves looks cool enough – magenta flowers held above on wiry stems are a bonus. In several early attempts, I managed to raise flowering first-year plants, but none of them returned for a second year. So I was pleased when one year (after a cold winter, even), several plants returned. They were a bit late, not showing growth until late April, so I may have inadvertently discarded their lifeless root structures in previous years.
A note about collecting seed: the ripening seed capsules eventually turn tan, at which point they very readily release their trove of small black seeds. The problem is that many drop their seeds before that point: even with loads of flowers fading, you don't see many tan seed capsules. I found that you can harvest the capsules when they are starting to show a hint of red around the edges: the seed inside is already ripe at that stage.

large fameflower
Talinum calycinum
Growth returns, late April

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 HPS/MAG '08/'09 exchange. Baggy 35F (8w) - 70F (61%G, 6-17d)
  2. Seed from HPS/MAG '12/'13 exchange. Baggy 35F (8w) - 70F (5w, no G)
  3. Same seed as above, cold-stored. Baggy 35F (10w) - 70F with light (~20%G, 10-20d)
  4. Seed from '14 garden, cold-stored. Baggy 35F (10w) - 70F with light (35%G, 11-30d)

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