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Sapphire jewelweed

Impatiens namchabarwensis

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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 CharacteristicsSelf-sows, sometimes prolifically. Discovered in 2003 in the Namcha Barwa Canyon in Tibet.

CareThis 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.

PropagationIt 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.

  • Genus : Impatiens
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 10, 11
  • Bloom Time : Early Summer, Late Summer, Summer
  • Growth Rate : Fast
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Light : Partial Shade to Full Shade
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Characteristics : Self Seeds
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest

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