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PlantFiles: African Impatiens
Impatiens auricoma 'Jungle Gold'

Family: Balsaminaceae
Genus: Impatiens (im-PAY-shuns) (Info)
Species: auricoma (aw-RIK-oh-muh) (Info)
Cultivar: Jungle Gold

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

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)
9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

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
Partial to Full Shade


Bloom Color:
Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Bloom Time:
Blooms repeatedly


Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
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:
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Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

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3 positives
No neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive woodspirit1 On Jul 13, 2008, woodspirit1 from Lake Toxaway, NC (Zone 7a) wrote:

someone sent me 3 or 4 seeds a couple of years ago and only one germinated. I took cuttings and now have 4 plants all in the same pot. They are blooming quite profusely so their small size doesn't matter. Perhaps it was the added Miracle Gro or triple phosphates.
I love this plant that looks like a cross between a jewelweed and an impatien. Lovely leaves, too.

Positive Susan_C On Apr 14, 2008, Susan_C from Alameda, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Easy to grow from seed, flowers over a long period and really lights up a shady bed with a tropical feel.

Positive growin On Aug 15, 2006, growin from Vancouver, BC (Zone 8b) wrote:

I came across this plant in a planted bed at the beach. I was surprised it was in full sun. There were lots of blooms, the plants looked full and healthy. I'd grow this plant.

Negative flowercrazy39 On Sep 8, 2005, flowercrazy39 from Manchester, NH wrote:

I found the blooms too small to see all that well. Not worth growing to me.


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

Alameda, California
Hollywood, Florida
Pompano Beach, Florida
Sarasota, Florida
Manchester, New Hampshire
Denville, New Jersey
Lake Toxaway, North Carolina
Ardmore, Oklahoma
Brookhaven, Pennsylvania
Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

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