Sapphire jewelweed Impatiens namchabarwensis Photo/Illustration: Derick Pitman 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Sapphire jewelweed (Impatiens namchabarwensis) im-PAY-shenz nam-chah-bar-WEN-sis Genus: Impatiens Sapphire jewelweed's serrated leaves are the color of polished jade, while the flowers are a remarkable sapphire blue. Far different from the traditional flat-disk shape of most bedding impatiens, the flower shape of this impatiens resembles an elegant crane in flight. Sapphire jewelweed grows remarkably fast, reaching almost 2 feet tall and wide. It shines in a woodland garden. Noteworthy Characteristics: Self-sows, sometimes prolifically. Discovered in 2003 in the Namcha Barwa Canyon in Tibet. Care: This impatiens is very adaptable and will survive in hot areas of the country when grown in full shade; otherwise, it is happy in partial shade with rich, well-drained soil and regular watering. It may survive in a sheltered Zone 9 location as long as it is not hit by a killing frost. Propagation: It is best to start with fresh seed sown in a pot and provide them with a season of stratification (damp, dark, and cool conditions). Or, take cuttings and overwinter as houseplants. Overview Height 1 ft. to 3 ft. Spread 1 ft. to 3 ft. Growth Pace Fast Grower Light Part Shade to Full Shade Moisture Medium Moisture Maintenance Low Characteristics Self Seeds, Showy Flowers Bloom Time Early Summer, Late Summer, Summer Flower Color Blue Foliage Color Evergreen Uses Beds and Borders, Suitable as Annual Style Woodland Garden Seasonal Interest Summer Interest Type Perennials Related Plants to Impatiens namchabarwensis 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Germander sage Salvia chamaedryoides 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Summer Wave® Blue wishbone flower Torenia 'SUNrenilabu' 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Fuchsia 'Coralle' 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Blue throatwort Trachelium caeruleum View the discussion thread.