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 CharacteristicsUsually grown as an annual. Can self-seed invasively in the South.
CareDoes 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.
PropagationSow seed in early spring.
ProblemsSpider 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.
- Genus : Impatiens
- Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
- Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
- Zones : 10, 11
- Uses : Containers
- Bloom Time : Fall, Summer
- Growth Rate : Fast
- Moisture : Medium Moisture
- Light : Partial Shade to Full Shade
- Plant Type : Perennials
- Flower Color : Pink, Red, White
- Characteristics : Self Seeds
- Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest