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Talinum paniculatum
Jewels of Opar
  • Hardy to Zone 8, or Grow as an Annual
  • Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Germination Tested November 15, 2023: 80%
  • Approximately 200 seeds per packet
Regular price $5.00 CAD
Regular price Sale price $5.00 CAD
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Fame Flower or Jewels of Opar is a heat and drought tolerant leafy green and cut flower. It has sprays of dainty pink flowers, and later, red spherical seed pods that are great for dried or everlasting bouquets.

Lesser known is the fact that the leaves incredibly tasty and nutritious! They are crunchy and succulent and not at all bitter even during the heat of the summer. The flavour is really mild, like lettuce. It fills the gap for leafy greens in mid summer when spinach and lettuce are bitter and bolting. The leaves are great in salads, smoothies, sandwiches, and cooked. It is a "must-grow" in my opinion!

Fame Flower is related to purslane, a nutrient powerhouse, and is a great source of omega 3 fatty acids, antioxidants, iron & potassium. It also contains mucilage which is hydrating. It is used as a substitute for ginseng, and has other medicinal uses.

Bees and other pollinators love the flowers. Pests such as aphids do not seem to bother this plant at all. The flower stalks can reach about 3 feet tall.

Perennial in USDA Zones 8-10, but easily grown as an annual in other zones. May self seed- cut off flowers after blooming to prevent this.

Growing Instructions

These plants love warmth and are not frost hardy. Start indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost date. I use a regular potting soil for seedlings such as promix. Plant out after danger of frost. Germination can take up to 2 weeks. The plants prefer full sun or partial shade. Plants tend to make more flowers in full sun, but larger leaves in part shade.

Shipping & Returns

We ship seeds within Canada for a flat fee of $6, United States for $25, and internationally for $25*. Live plants and bulbs can only be shipped within Canada.


Shipping in Canada 

We ship seeds in Canada via regular letter mail, which is an untracked service, and usually takes 1-2 weeks to arrive. Larger bulbs and plants are sent via tracked flat rate box.


Shipping to the US

We ship all US orders by tracked packet and they usually take two weeks to arrive.

According to the USDA, most seeds require an import permit to be brought into the US and the permit is free and useable for multiple orders/years. The package will list the contents as "Garden Seeds". In our experience shipping seeds over several years, most small orders will make it across the border without issues, but occasionally they will be held at US Customs. 

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the required import permit and Cicada Seeds will not be responsible for any orders held or confiscated by US customs.


Shipping Internationally

International orders are usually shipped via untracked packet. The package will list the contents as "Garden Seeds". It is your responsibility to ensure you have the required import permit and Cicada Seeds will not be responsible for any orders held of confiscated by customs.

International shipping countries include: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Czechia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong SAR, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom


If you have any issues with the quality of your order, please contact us within 60 days and we will make it right!

*Shipping fees are in Canadian dollars. 

Ecologically Grown

Seeds are grown ecologically without the use of chemical pesticides or fertilizers.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 3 reviews

Great seeds

Some seeds finally are germinating. The pr...

Some seeds finally are germinating. The process is very slow and particular. Instructions on what medium would have been helpful.
Seller is responsive.

Did not germinate.

Very professional would buy again

Very professional would buy again