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PlantFiles: Impatiens, Busy Lizzy
Impatiens omeiana

Family: Balsaminaceae
Genus: Impatiens (im-PAY-shuns) (Info)
Species: omeiana (om-e-e-ah-na) (Info)

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
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


Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall


Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

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:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral SW_gardener On Feb 5, 2007, SW_gardener from (Zone 6a) wrote:

According to my information this plant is hardy to zone 6.

Neutral Baa On Jan 6, 2004, Baa wrote:

Deciduous, stoloniferous perennial from China.

Has toothed, lance like, deep green, almost velvety leaves with a strong white stripe as the central leaf vein. Bears pale yellow, spurred flowers that remind me of a squid without it's tentacles, these are dangled from the flower stalks and quite mobile.

Flowers mainly July to October

Loves a well drained soil that remains moist, especially during the growing season, in light shade. It's thought to be almost hardy and will tolerate short periods of light frosts, various people site zones but I'm not tempting fate just yet.

This chap can spread rather quickly and while it dies back for the winter, don't be fooled, the roots are long, thick and strong growing!


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

Berkeley, California
Indianapolis, Indiana
Portland, Oregon
Salem, Oregon
Arlington, Washington
Orchards, Washington
Poulsbo, Washington

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