New Guinea Impatiens
Impatiens x hawkeri 'Super Sonic Magenta'

Family: Balsaminaceae
Genus: Impatiens (im-PAY-shuns) (Info)
Species: x hawkeri (HAWK-er-eye) (Info)
Cultivar: Super Sonic Magenta
Additional cultivar information:(PP13702, aka Fisimp 551)
Hybridized by Hofmann
Registered or introduced: 2002
Synonym:Impatiens x hawkeri

Category:

Annuals

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Partial to Full Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Bloom Time:

Blooms repeatedly

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Shiny/Glossy-Textured

Other details:

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Patented

Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Mobile, Alabama

Westminster, California

Greensburg, Pennsylvania

Fort Mill, South Carolina

Rowlett, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Aug 10, 2014, lalea878 from Mobile, AL wrote:

I live on the gulfcoast in zone 8B and have good luck with this flower/shrub. I had some 3-4 feet tall in large concrete pots under the eave of my home getting very little sun that flowered profusely until the temperature dropped under 30 for over 5 days which is rare here. Some even came back this year underneath the new plants I put in those same concrete pots! For some reason, NG are not doing well in the same pots this year...and I moved them from the pots to the yard recently. I did find a snail, or some type of slimy bug on one of my NG in the the other night and grabbed it accidently.. ugh!!! Mine are rocking and rolling under a pine tree that gets a couple hours of morning sun after I added 2 inches of compost around base of the tree...they are doing extremely well under an oak... read more

Positive

On May 7, 2012, Caladria from Greensburg, PA wrote:

This plant really got me started. I won it as a small centerpiece at a friend's shower. I potted it and put it on my porch where it received only a little morning sun. It thrived and grew to about 16 inches in diameter. I had to re-pot it once because it had outgrown its first pot, and it bloomed with bright pink blooms until frost. I tried to bring it indoors but it did terribly and died within a month.

I can't describe how much I loved this plant. It required babying in the form of watering well once a day. If it started to dry out even a little, the leaves and blooms would droop. The first time this happened I panicked, but an hour after I watered it, it was like nothing had happened. It became the centerpiece of my porch and inspired me to grow other flowers. ... read more