Anyone grow Jewels of Opar!

ogrose_txJune 24, 2011

I received this old-fashioned plant as a passalong a number of years ago, and love it! I guess you either love it or hate it, it does like to take over the entire flowerbed but is easy to pull up where you don't want it. It's about 18" tall and in August when everything is wilting, gasping for air and a little water, this plant looks so fresh and green with delicate pink flowers and tiny red berries. No diseases, drought resistant, easy to care for! One of my favorites, always glad to see it pop up every spring...

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roselee z8b S.W. Texas

I'm with you! I'm one of those who love it too for all the reasons you mention. It volunteered in my yard years ago and since then I was able to get a couple more kinds. One is varigated, but doesn't seem to be a very strong grower as yet, another is lime green that I got at a swap, another has larger flowers which open best in part shade, and then there is what I call the regular.

Like you say it volunteers a lot, but it's easy to pull, at least when it is young. There will be a lot of people who say they dislike it immensely, but since I use a lot of thick mulch I don't get it coming up in flower beds, but mostly around the bottom of large pots where it makes a nice always fresh looking filler as gets a little water from what drains from the pots.

    Bookmark   June 25, 2011 at 8:35AM
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I'm one who doesn't like it. I fought it for years in my last garden and was never completely rid of it. I won't let it get started in this one. I closely monitor all trade plants until I'm convinced it hasn't hitchhiked in the pots.

    Bookmark   June 25, 2011 at 8:52AM
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roselee z8b S.W. Texas

Jim, hide your eys! ;-) LOL!

Whether you like it or not probably depends on the style of garden you have. Mine is very casual and cottage garden like. I like anything that's easy to grow in the unimproved areas with my difficult dry rocky black clay dirt.

I appreciate the green around the bottom of the pots and airy look of the seeds heads in this photo I took a few minutes ago ...

    Bookmark   June 25, 2011 at 9:21AM
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I love it. It doesn't spread fast in heavily mulched beds, doesn't take up much room or need much water. Love the flowers too.

    Bookmark   June 25, 2011 at 4:09PM
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ExoticRGVNativesTy(10a TX)

I would really like to try this species in my garden but have never found it for sale. The owner of one nursery I asked told me it used to be carried there but did not sell very well, so the nursery quit carrying it. Even the native plant specialty nursery I go to didn't have it the last time I checked. I'd collect seed myself but the best populations are on federal land.

It supposedly isn't very invasive in the Lower Rio Grande Valley and grows naturally on more exposed coastal clay dunes just east of our property. Regardless, I plan to try it out in a pot just to be safe if I can find any.

    Bookmark   June 25, 2011 at 4:35PM
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Roselee, love your pictures! What are the white/pink flowers next to the Jewels?

I mulch pretty heavy in most of my garden but do have a swath that isn't, and every spring evening primroses cover the area as well as anything that isn't mulched, then about the time they are done, here come the Jewels of Opar! I guess my garden is pretty casual too, although don't want them intruding on my old garden roses.

    Bookmark   June 25, 2011 at 9:42PM
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roselee z8b S.W. Texas

Ogrose, your wild flower area sounds beautiful! There is a place for everything, but I agree wild flowers are best when not among the roses! I used compost from my own pile to mix rose soil last winter and am now having lots of canna lilies and malabar spinach come up among the roses from having put put canna and Malabar spinach remains in the pile. I'm transplanting the cannas and pulling and eating the spinach. Those seeds must have a very long life!

The flowers in the picture are John Fanick's Phlox looking very washed out because of the bright light.

ExoticNatives, you won't be 'safe' growing Jewels of Opar in a pot :-) It doesn't spread from the roots, but from the abundant seeds. If you want some seeds just email me through my page.

Here is a link that might be useful: More about Jewels or Opar or Talinum ...

    Bookmark   June 25, 2011 at 10:28PM
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I used to really like it, but it's worse than four o'clocks.
I haven't intentionally grown it for years, and it still comes up everywhere.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2011 at 9:28AM
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I got it when I purchased a rubber tree from the master gardeners plant sale. I did not know what it was until I saw it at the plant swap, Patty had some in a pot. I think it's really pretty, but it takes over. The first year, I loved it, the next year it came up everywhere. Its like purslane, or that purple mexican petunia, it pops up anywhere the wind blows. Roselee likes invasive plants, she wanted the invasive purple passion vine, so I gave her a small root of it, when she came down. Barbra

    Bookmark   June 27, 2011 at 9:32AM
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weldontx(z 8a TX)

I agree with ruthz. Mine is in a pot and a pot and a pot and a pot....anything within 25 feet of the mother plant has plants. Anyone want some??? It really is an attractive plant and is easy to care for. I'm in DFW. What are my chances of growing this in-ground rather than a pot?

    Bookmark   June 27, 2011 at 10:23PM
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Weldon, I read on another site, that it comes back every year in Oklahoma, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Dallas. So I would guess your chances are pretty good, or bad, depending on how you look at it, that you will never be shed of it.Ha!Ha!

    Bookmark   June 28, 2011 at 9:01AM
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Makes good sub for lettece in a salad. Be sure you want it .It will take over area, but easy to control or move to another spot or any pot catches on fast.

    Bookmark   June 23, 2014 at 4:00PM
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I've never been called an orderly gardener but I do have two areas that I like to keep orderly....only two! Why is it JOO always goes there? It is heavily composted and it really multiplies in mushroom compost. Just dug several out and am passing along. I like it other places....just not in my pots...but guess where it tags along for the winter....those pots....great grins not really whining...c

    Bookmark   June 23, 2014 at 8:25PM
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I love Jewels of Opar, and as I will be a Texas gardener soon, I am so glad you can grow it here! :)

    Bookmark   June 24, 2014 at 9:53PM
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roselee z8b S.W. Texas

Drippy, welcome to Texas gardening! I found out there's lots of plants related to Jewels of Opar. I like it too so we're in luck. Some of the kin are mentioned on the thread "Please ID purple succulent". It turned out it's a relative.

    Bookmark   June 25, 2014 at 2:13PM
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jardineratx(zone 8, Texas)

Put me in the "I don't like it" camp. I agree that it is a pretty plant with pretty little blooms, but it is too prolific for me. I have become very fond of plants that know and keep their place in my flowerbeds, lol.

    Bookmark   June 25, 2014 at 3:10PM
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What I like about it is in August when everything looks fried, Jewels of Opar looks so fresh and green.

    Bookmark   June 26, 2014 at 11:14AM
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plantmaven(8b/9a TX)

One of the first plants Patty gave me was Jewels of Opar. Guess she was pawning it off on me. lol. That was at least 10 years ago.

    Bookmark   June 26, 2014 at 8:24PM
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I got it from plants from Ragna , it is all over in McDade now, the gophers couldn't even keep up with it
When we moved I saw one in one pot,
It is pretty tho

    Bookmark   June 26, 2014 at 8:45PM
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roselee z8b S.W. Texas

Bill, do you eat it? I've read that talinum is eaten in Africa, but wondered if it was a different plant than our Jewels of Opar.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2014 at 10:22AM
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bostedo(8a tx-bp-dfw)

We have a few chartreuse-colored 'Limón' talinums obtained as stow-aways in last year's plant purchases. Haven't found the right spot for them yet, but has been worth it to see the miniature bees it attracts that just fit inside it's tiny flowers. The plants with a bit of shade maintain more uniform color, older leaves on those in full sun seem to fade (burn?) a bit.

    Bookmark   June 28, 2014 at 3:06PM
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