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Scientific Name: Talinum paniculatum
Alternative Names: Pink Baby's Breath, Jewels of Opar

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  • Perennial
  • Fameflower is founde from S USA to C America, widely naturalized in China and Indochina.
  • It is a deciduous perennial that has attractive, succulent-looking foliage and bears arching panicles adorned with light to hot pink star-shaped flowers.
  • Fameflower is not endemic to South Africa but does occur in the Eastern Cape, Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal where it is sometimes harvested from the wild for its edible leaves.
  • It prefers well-drained soil and full sun.

Culinary Uses

  • Young leaves and stems are eaten fresh in salads, added to soups or cooked briefly as a vegetable.

Parts Used

  • Young shoots are picked when the plants are 30cm tall and leaves are fully developed.

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • A slightly sour, mucilaginous herb that reputedly has ginseng-like effects.
  • The root is used in folk medicine in parts of SE Asia as a substitute for Panax ginseng.
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