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Impatiens (Impatiens walleriana)

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Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial Shade to Full Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 10a -1.1 °C (30 °F) to +1.7 °C (35 °F)
Plant Height: 6-12 inches
Plant Spread: 8-10 inches
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Mauve
Orange
Pink
Purple
Red
White
Bi-Color
Flower Time: Summer
Uses: Attracts Bees
Attracts Hummingbirds
Suitable as Annual
Propagation: Seeds: Start indoors
Can handle transplanting
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Tip
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon

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The All Things Plants Top 25 List of Shade Garden PlantsThe All Things Plants Top 25 List of Shade Garden Plants
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Let's open Shade Gardens week with a list of the most active entries in our database. Among the thousands of plants that want full or mostly shade, which ones have the most pictures, comments and other details added? Let's find out!

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Posted by kqcrna (Cincinnati, Oh - Zone 6a) on Oct 24, 2011 10:19 AM

Impatiens are a popular choice for good bloom in shade conditions. Some types are now sold as sun tolerant but I didn't find them so in my yard. They did survive with daily watering but did not thrive like those in more shade.

Started early from seed, or as purchased plants they bloom heavily over an extended period. They can add a much needed splash of bright color in shady areas. Available in a multitude of colors including bicolor. They attract hummingbirds. They do well in hanging baskets on my mostly shady porch, luring the hummingbirds close where we can watch their antics.

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Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on Apr 23, 2012 4:04 PM

Valuable source of nectar and pollen for honey bees.

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Posted by Paul2032 (Pleasant Grove Utah) on Oct 26, 2011 8:02 PM

I'm often surprised to see wonderful beds of impatiens growing in sunnier locations here than i would have formerly thought possible. Those I pictured here are in a city park and only get shade mid-day. They do get regular overhead watering. I think that often things we consider shade plants such as impatiens, hosta, and tuberous begonias prosper when getting some good bright morning and evening sun and do not do as well in deeper shade.

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Posted by plantladylin (Daytona Beach, Florida - Zone 9b) on Oct 26, 2011 9:05 PM

Many years ago I had flower beds full of Impatiens walleriana but I haven't grown them in a long time. Here in my central Florida garden they did best in almost full shade and seemed to require a lot of water.

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Posted by bonitin (Gent, Belgium - Zone 8a) on Nov 25, 2012 2:00 AM

The wild species grow much taller than the commercially sold ones,
This one grew nearly 3 ft (90cm) tall!!

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Posted by Marilyn (Hebron, KY - Zone 6a) on May 25, 2013 12:00 AM

"Impatiens walleriana, also known as busy Lizzie, balsam or simply impatiens, is a species of the genus Impatiens, native to eastern Africa from Kenya to Mozambique. It is a flowering herbaceous perennial plant growing to 15–60 cm tall, with broad lanceolate leaves 3–12 cm long and 2–5 cm broad. Leaves are mostly alternate, although they may be opposite near the top of the plant. The flowers are profusely borne, 2–5 cm diameter, with five petals and a 1 cm spur. The seedpod explodes when ripe in the same manner as other Impatiens species, an evolutionary adaptation for seed dispersal.

Although perennial in frost-free growing conditions, it is usually treated as a half-hardy annual in temperate regions (though pot-grown plants can be successfully overwintered indoors). It is commonly cultivated in parks and gardens, typically grown in containers but also in bedding schemes. Propagation is by seed or stem cuttings (which often root readily in water). Numerous cultivars in a range of colours from white to purple, are widely available commercially, either as seeds or young plants.

Impatiens downy mildew has spread widely in recent years and has seriously damaged the commercial production of I. walleriana hybrids."

Taken from wikipedia's page at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Impatiens_walleriana

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