(Talinum paniculatum) 35 days. Purslane relative with elegant panicles of 3⁄8 in. pink flowers. Mild leaves are succulent, light green, and eye-catching. Great in salads, on sandwiches, and as a spinach substitute. Also has medicinal uses. The seedstalks are attractive in dried arrangements - seedpods dry down through shades of orange, red, brown, gold, and grey. 2-3 ft. tall plants can reach 3 ft. wide. Grows in sun or part shade; tolerates poor soil. Native to parts of the South and the Caribbean. Perennial in zones 8 and up. Self-sows readily; may naturalize. Click here to read more about Jewels of Opar on our blog.