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Blue Diamond Impatiens
photo: Egil J. Skarning via wikipedia.org
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.
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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