Shrub Balsam (Impatiens sodenii)

Common names:
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Botanical names:
Impatiens sodenii Accepted
Impatiens oliveri Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9b -3.9 °C (25 °F) to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 4 to 6 feet (1.2-1.8 m)
Plant Spread: 5 to 8 feet (1.5-2.4 m)
Leaves: Good fall color
Fruit: Dehiscent
Flower Color: Pink
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Year Round
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Tolerates dry shade
Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Tip
Cuttings: Cane
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil

Impatiens sodenii

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Posted by CPedrick (Royal Oaks, California - Zone 9a) on Jul 15, 2017 3:51 PM

This impatiens is very hardy. Even if it does freeze, it will come back up and grow just as tall within the year. It is easy to propagate from big cuttings planted deep. It can be grown in containers, but gets so big that a very large container would be necessary.

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