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Impatiens flanaganae

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Family: Balsaminaceae
Genus: Impatiens (im-PAY-shuns) (Info)
Species: flanaganae

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Category:
Bulbs
Perennials
Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Spacing:
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade

Danger:
N/A

Bloom Color:
Pale Pink
Coral/Apricot

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:
Unknown - Tell us

Other details:
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

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

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral congminglaoshi On Nov 26, 2006, congminglaoshi from Tuckahoe, NY wrote:

Tuckahoe, NY 10707
I've grown Impatiens flanaganii since the early 90's when I brought back live material from South Africa. It is easy to grow, but not so easy to flower well. It grows readily in pots, making red colored tubers like small potatoes which multiply well in a single season. Can be grown in the ground also, just harvest the tubers in the fall. The plant dies back in fall, and the pot can be stored w/ tubers in soil, or tubers taken out, cleaned and dried and placed in a ziplock bag in the refrigerator (DO NOT FREEZE!) until spring. Naked tubers stored dry at room temp will dessicate and die.
In a good year when it decides to flower, buds appear on the top of the stem in mid to late summer. Hot spells will cause them to abort, but if they do open they are quite pretty. Never had it set seed.
Native to a limited area of South Africa in forest near the coast.

Regional...

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

Richmond, California
Tuckahoe, New York



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