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New Guinea Impatiens 'Fanfare Orange'
New Guinea Impatiens 'Fanfare Orange'

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Impatiens

Balsam, Touch-Me-Not
Balsaminaceae
Annuals, Perennials

Of many hundreds of species,m only a few are usually seen in gardens.Most of these are annuals or tender perennials treated as annuals; all are valuable for long summer bloom.When lightly touched, ripe seed capsules burst open and scatter seeds.

New Guinea Imptiens hybrid
New Guinea Imptiens hybrid

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Impatiens New Guinea hybrid

A varied group of striking perennials usually grown as annuals; they were developed from a number of species native to New Guinea, especially Impatiens hawkeri (Impatiens schlechteri). Plants can be upright to spreading; most are 1 to 2 ft. tall and as wide or wider. Leaves are typically large, often variegated with cream or red. Flowers usually large (3 in. wide) though not profuse, held well above foliage; colors include lavender, purple, pink, red, orange, and white. Once considered primarily pot plants, they may also be grown in the open ground; provide ample fertilizer and give somewhat more sun than you would common impatiens (Impatiens wallerana).

Impatiens wallerana
Impatiens wallerana

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Impatiens wallerana

Usually grown as an annual evereywhere, this is one of the best bedding plants for shade. Rapid, vigorous growth; tall types to about 2 ft. high, dwarf kinds 6–12 in. high. Narrow, glossy dark green, 1 to 3-in.-long leaves grow from juicy, pale green stems. Flowers are 1 to 2 in.wide, come in all colors but yellow and true blue. All types are useful for many months of bright color in partial or full shade. Grow plants from seed or cuttings; or buy them in cell-packs or pots.

Impatiens auricoma 'Jungle Gold', photo courtesy of Thomas J. Story
Impatiens auricoma 'Jungle Gold', photo courtesy of Thomas J. Story

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'Jungle Gold'

African. Dense, bushy plant to 1 1/2 ft. high and wide, with glossy, bright green leaves that are oval, pointed, and up to 6 in. long; leaf margins are serrated and toothed. Intricate orchidlike blooms to 1 in. long are rich golden, throats marked in red. Give shade and regularapplications of balanced fertilizer for profuse bloom over a long period in summer. Superb in containers.

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