Thursday, August 30, 2012

Impatiens stenantha

This dainty little flower belongs to Impatiens stenantha, one of two hardy Impatiens species I have added to the garden this year (the other being Impatiens omeiana). I must say, I have been most impressed with it.

Impatiens stenantha
Being naturally low growing, this makes an ideal understory subject for a part shaded border providing that it has access to enough moisture. I have found that it wilts alarmingly at the slightest hint of thirst - so much so that I have feared the worst for it on a number of occasions! Thankfully, it seems resilient enough and has bounced back each time without any problem. It's other big hate appears to be bright sunlight which causes the leaf margins to go crispy and brown.

Whilst the greeny red leaves are not anything special, being rather dull in appearance, they do serve to show off the small bright yellow blooms to perfection. Mine must have been flowering now for two months solid and shows no sign of stopping yet. Pretty good value for a flowering plant! The flowers are small, only a 2cm or so in length, but they are long lasting and bring a welcome but subtle splash of colour to a border that is otherwise mostly foliage at this time of year.

12 months ago, I personally hadn't even heard of Impatiens stenantha (although I was familiar with one or two other hardy Impatiens species) and yet, it's a cracking little plant! A perfect example of why I find gardening so interesting. It's a never ending journey of discovery, and it's a pretty safe bet that in another 12 months I'll be growing something else completely new to me!

4 comments:

  1. It's a gem of plant indeed! Been reliably hardy here outside for the past few years but only seems to self seed inside the greenhouse. They don't like it when it gets too warm though and wilts easily but come evening it's fine again :)

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  2. Getting to love Impatiens! This year has seen me grow I.balfourii for the first time (contact me if you want seed). I planted out my I.niamniamensis in the main bed and it performed brilliantly - it is still loaded with blooms today. Taken several cuttings for next year. I.kilimanjaro did really well in a pot in the courtyard area where it got a lot of shade.
    I.morsei did poorly though.

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  3. Hi Keith, yes, I've really been getting into Impatiens too! I've been impressed with the diversity of this genus. They are plants I've been guily of ignoring up till now.

    You have a lovely blog by the way!

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  4. "Hi Keith, yes, I've really been getting into Impatiens too! I've been impressed with the diversity of this genus. They are plants I've been guily of ignoring up till now."

    Like me! Mine was the Bizzie Lizzie prejudice (hate 'em) stopping me, but I'm hooked now.

    Thanks re the blog - I'm working my way through yours and love your tastes!

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