The Talinum fruticosum plants we have, began growing along with the other flowers we got from a friend. These “stowaway” plants bloomed purple and yellow flowers, but we considered them to be weeds. Over the years, only the Talinum fruticosum plants that bloom yellow flowers survived. The Talinum fruticosum is native to Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, and much of South America; it is also called Suriname Spinach.
This plant belongs to the Portulacaceae family and it is edible. It is grown as a leaf vegetable and can be cooked like regular spinach; both the leaves and flowers can be eaten raw in salads.
Please note that the Talinum fruticosum contains oxalic acid, and should be eaten in moderation. The Talinum fruticosum grows erect to heights ranging from 30 to 100 cm (12 to 39 in) and it blooms all year round. Most Talinum fruticosum plants bloom purple flowers, but this specie can also have yellow, pink, red, or white flowers. The Talinum fruticosum grows anywhere around our yard, in the shade and in full sun. It is hardy, easy to grow, and require moderate watering.