Impatiens walleriana

Scientific name: Impatiens walleriana


Common names: “Busy Lizzie” “Patience plant”

Plant Type: Non-hardy perennial grown as annual


Zone: 10-11

Light: Semi shade – deeper shade

Exposure: Shelter from wind

Soil: Any humus rich

Moisture: Moist well drained


Plant Size: 8-24″H & W

Leaf and Stem shape: Simple, elliptic toothed leaves on brittle stems

Flower: Solitary or clustered, spurred, 5-petalled flowers in shades of purple, mauve, pink, red, and orange, sometimes picotee or bicoloured

Maintenance: Low, can be dug up before frost and overwintered indoors or grown as an annual

Landscape use: Flower beds, hanging baskets, containers, houseplant

Propagate: By seed and cuttings

Pests & Disease: Mildew fungus is killing Impatiens in BC since 2013, ‘New Guinea’ hybrids are resistant!

*Deer resistant

Comments: Now almost all available impatiens are New Guinea hybrids, which produce a larger more sturdy plant but are more difficult to grow and prefer more sun, keep away from foot traffic


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