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Impatiens capensis

Orange balsam

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Features

  • BloomsJune to October
  • Height1m to 1.5m
  • Growth HabitIrregular bushy
  • Flower ColourOrange-yellow
  • Leaf ColourMedium green

Description

Impatiens capensis (Orange balsam). This species of annual will produce medium green ovate to elliptical leaves. The flowers are produced in racemes or orange-yellow blooms.

Characteristics

Annual, Evergreen, Herbaceous

Other common names

Jewel weed, Lady's earrings

Origin

N. America

Interest and use

Attracts humming birds in suitable geographical locations.

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -45°C)
  • SoilClay, Heavy, Light, Medium
  • Soil pH5.5 to 7.0
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

When grown under glass use a loam-based compost with full light. When grown outdoors grow in moist humus-rich well-drained soil in partial shade.

Propagation

Sow the seeds in the spring.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Watch out for grey mould, whitefly, vine weevils and red spider mites.

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