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Digging Dog Nursery
a retail and mail order plant nursery specializing in unusual and hard to find perennials, ornamental grasses, shrubs, trees, and vines.
31101 Middle Ridge Rd.
Albion, CA 95410
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Including Impatiens omeiana, and Impatiens sodenii ‘Flash’
From a genus comprised of hundreds of species, the following
easily grown shade lovers offer both foliar and floral
interest. Impatiens omeiana is surprisingly hardy, while
the other selections are quite tender; all look compelling
in either a pot or a garden bed.
View a slideshow of plant images from this genus
Blue Diamond Impatiens
Hailing from the world’s deepest canyon in the remote
Himalayan shadows of Mt. Namcha-Barwa, this wondrous
2003 discovery introduces perhaps the bluest
flowering perennial Impatiens to date. Hallmarked by
yellow-etched white throats and bright ultramarine or
vivid blue-violet flared petals, whose colors vacillate
with exposure, the extraordinary bountiful blooms
appear nearly year round, conjuring images of exotic
flying birds amid shiny serrated green leaves. Highly
coveted, hard-to-find and perfect for containers, inside
or out, Blue Diamond is a frost sensitive temptress that
can be grown as a self-sowing annual in cold climates
and as a perennial in milder areas, where it adores cool
summers, even moisture and filtered light, and abhors
hot sun and frosty nights.
Size: 18" high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 10.
Impatiens namchabarwensis (P-1807)
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On Mount Emei’s misty slopes amid firs and tree rhododendrons, this attractive perennial Impatiens was collected at 8000 ft. by noted ecologist Dr. Don Jacobs.
The fantastic whorls of long slender, dark green leaves with silver veins and red undersides undoubtedly caught his eye during his 1983 expedition to China’s Sichuan Province. Cheered by showy yellow Snapdragon-like flowers in late summer, cold-tolerant Impatiens omeiana knits a nonfussy deciduous ground cover, naturalizing over time from wide-spreading underground stolons. Its colorful foliage brings textural appeal to a shady woodland setting and is ideal for a moderately moist, well-drained location.
Size: 15" high x 2' 0"–3' 0" wide; hardy to zone 7.
Impatiens omeiana (P-1703)
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Poor Man’s Rhododendron
Impatiens aficionado, Derick Pitman developed this new, easygoing enchantress. Brushed with pink painterly strokes radiating from each center, shapely, 3 in. snow-white blooms are poised above polished green leaves. A perennial in warm climates, an annual in cold areas and a made-in-heaven match for a container, self-sowing ‘Flash’ can be shown off in bright shade where its multibranched, semisucculent stems are quick to fill out.
Blooms May – October.
Size: 4' 0"–5' 0" high x 3' 0" wide; hardy to zone 10.
Impatiens sodenii ‘Flash’ (P-1523)
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