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By Meanie

Oxfordshire, United Kingdom Gb

Does anyone have experience of growing the rarer forms of Impatiens?

I'm looking at trying to grow some of the more unusual forms of Impatiens next year. I've found Impatiens omeiana, which may be hardy.
I was wondering if anyone had any other suggestions as to alternative potentially hardy Impatiens.
Also, any chance of an id for this one which I have seeds for?



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There are 2 pages on Goypeadia one is Balsam and the other BL's - so lots of impatiens and the members who grow them to inspire you Meanie? Impatiens is a genus of about a 1,000 species of flowering plants! You may well find in the Balsam what you are looking for?

16 Nov, 2010

 

Beware of growing Himalayan Balsam (Impatiens glandulifera) Meanie. It's a problem in some areas here as it's so invasive
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Himalayan_Balsam

16 Nov, 2010

 

Have a look at this guys website he specialises in selling Rare/unusual plants/seeds etc even though he is in san Francisco I have had stuff from him through eBay and so far so good the Impatiens flanaganae that he sells sometimes look great and the size of the tuber as well
http://www.strangewonderfulthings.com/List.htm#I although at the moment he has no Impatiens for sale they will be plenty of ideas for you all his other stuff are also worth looking at

16 Nov, 2010

 

Thanks for the answers!
Steve - that is bizarre. After you question about the Deppea I must have spent the best part of an hour on his site! Some glorious stuff there including the blue Puya that is the site "avatar"!

16 Nov, 2010

 

The blue puya and tree sunflower (Rojasianthe superba) are my next seeds to conquer after the deppea and also Giant spotted Calla Lily which I have done all from strange and wonderful things

16 Nov, 2010

 

So that is Himalayan Balsam in the photo then!?
Not a huge issue to me, as seed pods only develop where I let them on all my plants. Rest assured, I will not give any away though!

16 Nov, 2010

 

Only our single native species (see my photo's) Impatiens noli-tangere. It self seeds freely around parents garden that I introduced it too :)

I would love to get hold of the giant perennial I. tinctoria with huge hollow bamboo-like stems. Saw it growing at Wisley many years ago. All you need to do is mulch the crown in winter.

16 Nov, 2010

 

http://www.growsonyou.com/photo/slideshow/114938-touch-me-not/member/fractal

http://www.growsonyou.com/photo/slideshow/114936-touch-me-not/member/fractal

16 Nov, 2010

 

Steve - the Iochroma australis, Agapetes 'Ludgvan Cross', Lapageria rosea and Turquoise Hyacinth caught my eye (and that's a very abridged list)!

Fractal - I had no idea that I. tinctoria would be hardy! Off to check your photos out now.

16 Nov, 2010

 

Meanie, your photo could be Himalayan Balsam, but I'm not sure. How large is / was the plant? Himalayan balsam grows tall. The ones I've seen were a darker pink than yours seems to be as well. More info on it here -
http://apps.rhs.org.uk/advicesearch/Profile.aspx?pid=480

17 Nov, 2010

 

Beattie; I'll take a punt that this is not Himalayan Balsam based on one thing - it was in the walled garden at Oxfords botanic gardens! Surely they wouldn't introduce a weed....
At most it was a metre high, planted in full sun. I'm frustrated because I take photos of the name tags and have deleted it for some reason..

17 Nov, 2010

 

Meanie, the Impatiens in your photo look like Impatiens balfouri, sometimes known as the West Himalayas Poor Man's Orchid which is a gorgeous perennial herb.

17 Nov, 2010

 

Meanie - Steve, just looked at this site. WOW.

17 Nov, 2010

 

It does rather!
Perennial for you maybe! Not so sure about this cold, wet isle!!

17 Nov, 2010

 

Hiya Littlelegs!
Which site - I'm throwing links around like there's no tomorrow at the moment!
Maybe strangewonderfulthings?!

17 Nov, 2010

 

Hi had Impatiens omeiana for 3 years, just coming through this year so must be hardy it has been down to -15 here this winter.

28 Feb, 2011

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