Busy Lizzie

Impatiens walleriana cvs.

Impatiens walleriana 'Accent White'
Photo/Illustration: 
Michelle Gervais
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Busy Lizzie (Impatiens walleriana cvs.)
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Genus:  Impatiens
This subshrubby perennial with light green to red-flushed stems has slightly toothed, scalloped, light to bronze-green or red-flushed leaves to 5 inches long. The showy, flat flowers bloom in white or shades of orange, pink, red, purple, violet, lavender-blue, and bicolors.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Usually grown as an annual. Can self-seed invasively in the South.
Care:  Does best in partial shade and moist, well-draining loam. Add composted organic matter to the soil for optimal performance. Shelter from wind. Free-flowering and grows well in shade.
Propagation:  Sow seed in early spring.
Problems:  Spider mites, flower thrips, root knot nematode, whiteflies, and aphids, especially under glass. Caterpillars outdoors. Gray mold, impatiens necrotic spot virus, fungal leaf spots, Rhizoctonia stem rot, Pseudomonas leaf spot, and Verticillium wilt.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Pace
Invasive/Aggressive Grower
Light
Part Shade to Full Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Characteristics
Self Seeds,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Fall,
Summer
Flower Color
Island Paradise,
Salmon,
Pink Yarrow,
Niagara,
Red,
White
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Container,
Indoor Plant
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Perennials

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