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Impatiens namchabarwensis

Impatiens namchabarwensis
Impatiens namchabarwensis

Family balsaminaceae
Life cycle tender perennial (Z10-11)
Flowers blue (summer)
Size 24"
Light part-full shade
Cultural notes moist soil

Fairly new to cultivation, this species impatiens is native to Tibet. It features clear blue flowers on a relatively compact plant. Our third attempt at starting from seed has finally produced sproutlings! They started blooming under lights inside, but I have now planted them in a part shady area of our yard. The blue flowers are marvellous as expected, but I'm equally charmed by the glossy-crinkly dark green leaves (they turned a lighter shade a few weeks later). I hope this one self-seeds!

This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '05 trade. Baggy 70F (no G, 5w)
  2. Seed from HPS/MAG '07/'08 exchange. Baggy 70F (4w) - 75F (6w). No G.
  3. Seed from '08 trade. Baggy 70F (14d; 28%G, 5d)

Looks to me like viable seed germinates readily - but seed doesn't maintain viability very long.

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