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Gerald L. Klingaman
IMPATIENS( New Guinea Hybrid)
New Guinea Impatiens
Colorful and heat-tolerant, New Guinea Impatiens can be distinguished from common garden impatiens by their larger flowers, lance-shaped often beautifully colored leaves and bushy upright or vase-shaped habit.
The New Guinea hybrids are combined crosses between several parent species to include Impatiens hawkeri, I. schlechteri and I. platypetala. This suite of tropical perennials were collected from the island of Papua New Guinea, which is northeast of Australia.
Their stems are fleshy, succulent and support lance-shaped leaves in various shades of bronze, purple, green and gold, some are even variegated. The five-petaled flowers are large, flattened and come in shades of pink, rose, white, lavender, orange and red. If given ideal growing conditions, these will bloom continuously and no deadheading is required.
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 are best for vigorous growth and flowering, but excess water at the root zone will lead to root and stem rot. These popular bedding plants add quick and easy color to any colorful border or container.
12 - 1
9 - 15
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
Partial Sun, Partial Shade
6"-36" / 15.2cm - 91.4cm
8"-36" / 20.3cm - 91.4cm
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
White, Red, Orange, Pink, Salmon, Lavender
Yellow, Red, Green, Dark Green, Burgundy, Bronze
Bedding Plant, Container, Edging, Hanging Basket, Mixed Border, Tropical
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