Family: Balsaminaceae

Scientific Name: Impatiens hawkeri New Guinea Impatiens

Common Name: New Guinea Impatiens

DescriptionA group of Impatiens with large flowers and decorative foliage. Usually sold in pots around 4", as compared to pack sales of the bedding type Impatiens.
Plant TypeAnnuals
SunlightEven though they can take a little more sun than other impatiens they do best on an east exposure or semi-shade. Many times listed as "sun Impatiens".
Moistureaverage, will rot if over waters, can be heavy drinkers
Soil & Siteaverage, well drained, easily rots in soggy soil
Growing Mediaaverage, well drained, easily rots in soggy growing media
Temperaturenot frost or cold tolerant
Flowersalmost any color is imaginable from these plants, large flowers, vivid
Leavesdecorative foliage, variegated, bronze and green leaves, borne in whorls of 3-7
Stemssucculent stems
Dimensions12-24 inches, smaller in pot culture
Maintenancecleaning of dead flowers, many times the flowers or petals will stick to the foliage
Propagationsome from seeds, cuttings
Native SiteSpecies plants native to New Guinea.
Cultivar OriginImpatiens hawkeri was first collected by Lt. Hawker R.N., 1884 in Papua New Guinea. Commercial production of these Impatiens started around 1972.
Notes & Reference#51-Armitage's Manual of Annuals, Biennials, and Half-Hardy Perennials (Alan Arimitage), #182-Impatiens (Raymound J. Morgan)
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