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IMPATIENS (SONIC® SCARLET 09)

Image of Impatiens 'Fisnics Orred' (SONIC® SCARLET 09, New Guinea Hybrid, SONIC® SERIES) PPAF

James Burghardt

Family

Balsaminaceae

Botanical Name

IMPATIENS 'Fisnics Orred'( SONIC® SCARLET 09, New Guinea Hybrid, SONIC® SERIES) PPAF

Plant Common Name

General Description

The rich orange-red flowers of Sonic® Scarlet offer continuous summer color. New Guinea hybrids in the Sonic® Series are heat-tolerant, well-branched, compact and flower profusely. They produce blooms early and continue flowering all season with good care. Their dark green, lance-shaped foliage is lush and the vigorous plants form spreading, rounded mounds.

The New Guinea hybrids are combined crosses between several parent species which include Impatiens hawkeri, Impatiens schlechteri and Impatiens platypetala. This suite of tropical perennials was collected from the island of Papua New Guinea, which is northeast of Australia.

These impatiens can be distinguished from common garden impatiens by their larger, five-petaled, flattened flowers and lance-shaped often beautifully colored leaves. They also are grow in a bushy-upright or vase-shaped habit.

New Guinea impatiens, though more heat and sun tolerant than common impatiens, do prefer several hours of shade per day, particularly in hot and humid climates. These cold-sensitive perennials are planted as summer annuals in colder zones and winter annuals or tender, short-lived perennials in warmer areas. Well-drained, rich, moist soils and regular applications of water and fertilizer are best for vigorous growth and flowering. If given ideal growing conditions, they will bloom continuously. These popular bedding plants add quick and easy color to any border or container.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    9 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Tender Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    10"-18" / 25.4cm - 45.7cm

  • Width

    12"-22" / 30.5cm - 55.9cm

  • Bloom Time

    Indeterminate

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Orange Red

  • Fruit Color

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Dark Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Edging, Hanging Basket, Mixed Border, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No