Impatiens, Busy Lizzy
Zone 11, grown as annual elsewhere
6 to 18 inches
12 to 24 inches
Summer till frost: red, white, pink, orange, purple, yellow, other
Full to part shade
Moist, especially in sunny areas
Planting and Care
Space small plants 8 inches apart and larger plants 12 inches apart. Keep soil moist, but not soggy. Pinch back leggy plants for fuller growth.
Can be overwintered indoors. Take 3 to 4” cuttings and root in moist vermiculite or a well-drained potting mix. I find setting the pot in a plastic bag left open increases the humidity to encourage rooting without leading to rot.
Once rooted, they can be moved to their permanent container, placed in a sunny location and grow as a houseplant.
You can also bring the whole plant indoors and raise it like a houseplant. Grow in a bright, sunny window or under artificial lights and keep the soil moist. Don't be alarmed if the plant drops most of its leaves. It will soon send out new leaves more suited for its indoor location.
Slugs, spider mites (especially indoors), necrotic spot virus, sunburn in direct sun
Varieties to Consider
Mini-Hawaiian Series - miniatures in various flower colors
Seashell Series - yellow, peach, apricot, papaya, passion, or tangerine
Fiesta & Carousel - double flowers 'Jewel' Series - variety of bright flower colors
Did You Know
Impatiens wallerana is native to Eastern Africa. It's US native cousin, Jewel Weed (Impatiens pallida), is known to sooth the burn of stinging nettle and poison ivy.