Monday, April 4, 2011

Pink Impatiens Walleriana

I bought two hanging baskets of impatiens for the front porch, where they won't get much light - which seems to be what they prefer. Birds found both our plants last year and raised families in them. They're welcome any time. I think they were finches.

Impatiens (sometimes commonly called bizzy Lizzy) is the most popular annual bedding plant in the U. S. today. For easy-to-grow, non-stop flowering in shady conditions, it has no equal. It is a bushy, succulent-stemmed tender perennial that grows in a spreading mound to 6-24” tall depending on variety. It has been extensively hybridized to produce a large number of cultivars featuring flowers in various shades of pink, rose, red, lilac, purple, orange, white and bicolor versions thereof. Showy, slender-spurred, five-petaled (some doubles are available) flowers (1- 2 1/4” wide) typically cover the plants with colorful bloom from spring to frost. Single flowers have a distinctively flattened appearance. Ovate to elliptic leaves (to 3” long) are light green to dark green, sometimes with a bronze-red cast.

Ours are a pink color, very similar to the Pinks (Dianthus) I planted a few weeks ago. That color should show up well. The red ones we had last year were a bit hard to see under the eaves.

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