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Botanical Name: Impatiens walleriana
Common Name(s): Busy Lizzy
A popular summer annual for semi-shade or shady beds. Impatiens come in all colours except yellow and brown. Sow in trays during spring, but don’t cover the seeds as they require light for germination. Space seedlings 200mm apart in compost-enriched soil. They flower 12 weeks after germination. Impatiens can also be propagated from cuttings. Cultivars of I. balsamina (Garden balsam) are unbranched plants, up to 700mm tall, with single or double flowers. ‘New Guinea’ hybrids, which can tolerate more sun, have variegated foliage and brightly coloured flowers. Impatiens make excellent container plants.
Family: – Balsaminaceae
Botanical Pronunciation: im-PAY-shunz wall-ur-ee-AY-nuh
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Impatiens come in all colours except yellow and brown, and they bloom from early spring until they are cut back by cold in winter.