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Impatiens parasitica

Parrot plant

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Features

  • BloomsJune to October
  • Height0.2m
  • Growth HabitIrregular bushy
  • Flower ColourBright red and yellow/greenish-yellow
  • Leaf ColourLight-medium green

Description

Impatiens parasitica (Parrot plant). These are annuals and mainly evergreen, perennials and sub-shrubs; they often have succulent but brittle stems. In cold climates some may be herbaceous. They are frost hardy to frost tender, 10C. and will prefer sun or semi-shade with moist but not waterlogged soil. You can propagate by seeds or by stem cuttings in the spring or summer.

Characteristics

Annual or Perennial, Evergreen, Fragrant

Origin

Africa

Interest and use

Mixed bed, shade, border, containers.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile, Humus-rich
  • Soil pH5.5 to 7.0
  • WaterMoist

Propagation

Or by stem cuttings in spring or summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Impatiens downy mildew and aphids. Under glass, red spider mite, and whitefly.

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