Impatiens, Busy Lizzy
Impatiens omeiana

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

Category:

Perennials

Height:

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Foliage:

Deciduous

Smooth-Textured

Veined

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:

Non-patented

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

Regional

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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Gardeners' Notes:

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

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

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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!