Sapphire jewelweed

Impatiens namchabarwensis

Photo/Illustration: 
Derick Pitman
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Sapphire jewelweed (Impatiens namchabarwensis)
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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 Flower
Foliage Color
Evergreen
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Suitable as Annual
Style
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Perennials

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