Flame Flower (2)
|Phemeranthus aurantiacus (Engelm.) Kiger|
Flame flower, Orange fameflower, Talinum
Portulacaceae (Purslane Family)
USDA Symbol: PHAU13
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Orange flameflower is a 4 in., succulent perennial bearing showy, yellow-orange or copper-colored flowers after summer rains. Flowers occur singly in leaf axils; opening in the morning and withering by late afternoon. Leaves are linear and fleshy. Rather stout, erect stems with evenly distributed, narrow, succulent leaves and 1 orange or reddish-orange flower in each upper leaf axil.
Native Americans once cooked the fleshy roots. A very similar species found in the same region is Narrow-leaved Fameflower (T. angustissimum); its petals are paler, generally yellow-orange, and its leaves are less than 1/16" (2 mm) wide.