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New Guinea Hybrids Impatiens hawkeri

Other Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
im-PAY-shens HAWK-er-ee
Description

These succulent, branched perennial herbs grow up to 1'3" tall, mounding with lower leaves up off the ground. New Guinea Impatiens tolerate full sun, but are a water guzzler and tend to look wilted when heat loads are high and water is less plentiful, making this plant have a low drought tolerance. Gardeners must be careful when watering the plant, however, because over watering can cause rot. This plant is utilized in planters, hanging baskets, containers, around trees in shaded areas, and in bedding. It has multiple cultivars and is often confused with sultanas although leaves are thicker and leaves in mound are raised above the ground.

This plant performs best in partial shade with well-drained, moist soils supplemented with organic material. Seeds are sown in March under glass, and germinates at 70-75 degrees. Planted out in May. This plant is resistant to Downy Mildew. 

Quick ID Hints:

  • Flowers have cxonspicuous, elongated spur.
  • Lateral sepals are suborbicular, broad, and acuminate.
  • Leaves have stalked glands on teeth rising above the leaf plane.
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • Bonfire Orange
  • Celebrate Peach
  • Celebrate Salmon
  • Celebration Apricot
  • Celebration Bonfire Orange
  • Celebration Light Lavender
  • Celebration Light Salmon
  • Light Salmon
  • Raul
Tags:
#purple#red#white#pink#sun#annual#summer#orange#lavender#spring#perennial#salmon#white flowers#green#purple flowers#pink flowers#shade tolerant#orange flowers#salmon flowers#apvg#fall interest#cpp#lavender flowers#shade#red flower#fantz
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • Bonfire Orange
  • Celebrate Peach
  • Celebrate Salmon
  • Celebration Apricot
  • Celebration Bonfire Orange
  • Celebration Light Lavender
  • Celebration Light Salmon
  • Light Salmon
  • Raul
Tags:
#purple#red#white#pink#sun#annual#summer#orange#lavender#spring#perennial#salmon#white flowers#green#purple flowers#pink flowers#shade tolerant#orange flowers#salmon flowers#apvg#fall interest#cpp#lavender flowers#shade#red flower#fantz
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Impatiens
    Family:
    Balsaminaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Annual
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Solomon Island
    Play Value:
    Attractive Flowers
    Colorful
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    Resistant to Downy Mildew.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 0 in. - 1 ft. 3 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 1 ft. 6 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Annual
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Mounding
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Dappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
    Deep shade (Less than 2 hours to no direct sunlight)
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Description:
    Fruits are explosive capsules rolling suddenly inward, and have a ribbed, rubbery-succulent texture.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Orange
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    White
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Description:
    Flowers are solitary on elongated pedicels and are conspicuously spurred. They are calyx with 5 lobes, 2 lateral lobes are green, broad oval, and acuminate. Petals are of anthrocyanin pigments. Spur is prominent.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Whorled
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Lanceolate
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Crenate
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves are opposite to whorled, ovate to elliptic to lanceolate, crenate with minute stalked glands rising upward, acute to subauminate, green with tinge of bronze or purple, or variegated.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Stems are suberect to decumbent, branching, and bear leaves.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Coastal
    Container
    Hanging Baskets
    Patio
    Pool/Hardscape
    Small Space
    Walkways
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Foundation Planting
    Mass Planting
    Small groups
    Attracts:
    Butterflies