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Impatiens parviflora

Small balsam

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Features

  • BloomsJune to October
  • Height0.8m to 1m
  • Growth HabitIrregular bushy
  • Flower ColourPale yellow
  • Leaf ColourLight-medium green

Description

Impatiens parviflora (Small balsam). This annual herb is know as a weed in many gardens; it will produce ovate to elliptical leaves. The flowers are small pale yellow blooms.

Characteristics

Annual, Evergreen, Shrub or Herbaceous

Origin

Western N. America to Siberia. Naturalized in Britain

Interest and use

Mixed bed, shade, border, containers.

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°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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