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IMPATIENS walleriana 'Super Elfin Ruby'

Image of Impatiens walleriana 'Super Elfin Ruby' (SUPER ELFIN SERIES)

Ball® Horticultural Company

Family

Balsaminaceae

Botanical Name

IMPATIENS walleriana 'Super Elfin Ruby'( SUPER ELFIN SERIES)

Plant Common Name

Busy Lizzy, Dwarf Impatiens, Impatiens

General Description

Lots of extra large ruby red flowers with a darker eye dance across the compact 'Super Elfin Ruby' all season long. This fine dwarf selection was introduced by Ball Horticultural Company. It has a neat mounded habit, is early blooming, well-branched and produces lots of large, colorful flowers on slightly spreading plants that are ideal for container culture.

Almost every gardener has grown Impatiens walleriana. Surprisingly, this common “annual” is actually a bushy tender perennial in its native East Africa and will survive winters in tropical and sub-tropical zones. It blooms continuously if conditions are favorable and has fleshy, tender stems and leaves that quickly wilt when water is lacking and perk up just as fast when it’s available.

Busy lizzy is bushy and upright with lance-shaped to elliptical leaves that come in various shades of green, sometimes with reddish or purplish tints. It produces many broad, flattened, five-petaled flowers all season. The butterfly-pollinated blooms have spurs in the back that hold nectar. They need not be deadheaded and are followed by bulbous, green, striated seed capsules that explode to spread their seeds when mature.

Full to partial shade is ideal for Impatiens, though they can withstand more sun where summers are cool. They grow and bloom to their fullest if grown in moist, humus-rich soil with good drainage and given a slow release fertilizer formulated for garden flowers. When weather conditions are dry, they need supplemental water. If given the right care, they are very easy to grow. Disease problems includes botrytis blight, which is a fuzzy grayish brown mold that attacks plants when conditions are too humid, and Impatiens necrotic spot virus, which causes black ring spots on the leaves.

Impatiens can be planted in any shaded spot where color is needed. They are also excellent for containers and hanging baskets. In the north they are grown as summer bedding annuals, and in southern and western locations they are commonly planted for winter color.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    10 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Tender Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade

  • Height

    8"-10" / 20.3cm - 25.4cm

  • Width

    12"-14" / 30.5cm - 35.6cm

  • Bloom Time

    Indeterminate

  • Native To

    Eastern Africa

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Very Fast

  • Habit

    Cushion/Mound-forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Red, Rose

  • Fruit Color

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Burgundy

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Burgundy

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    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

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Semi-Evergreen

  • 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

    Yes