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Impatiens, Busy Lizzie

Impatiens walleriana

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Impatiens walleriana

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Impatiens walleriana Plant Information

Scientific Name: Impatiens walleriana
Common Name: impatiens

busy Lizzie
Family: Balsaminaceae
Suggested Uses: tropical perennial treated as an annual

beds & borders, container plantings, hanging baskets
Plant Form: rounded
Height: 1 - 2 feet
Spread: 1 - 2 feet
Foliage: rubbery leaves and stems sometimes flushed in red

medium-textured foliage
Flower: white, pink, purple, red, salmon, or bicolor single or double rotate flowers with a spur

smaller than Impatiens hawkeri flowers
Bloom Period: Summer - Fall
Sun: partial shade
Water: medium water requirement
Soil: prefers well-drained, moist soil with high organic matter
Heat Tolerance: medium heat tolerance
USDA Zone: zones 10 - 11
Native Range: East Africa
Maintenance: pinch to encourage branching


propagation by stem cuttings
Pests & Pathology: susceptible to slugs, spider mites, root rot, and viral leaf spot
Additional Notes: considered to be a bedding plant for shady areas

many cultivars available

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