General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial Shade to Full Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 10a -1.1 °C (30 °F) to +1.7 °C (35 °F)
Plant Height: 6-12 inches
Plant Spread: 8-10 inches
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Fruit: Dehiscent
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Mauve
Flower Time: Summer
Uses: Suitable as Annual
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Seeds: Start indoors
Can handle transplanting
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Tip
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon

Common names
  • Busy Lizzy
  • Buzzy Lizzy

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  • Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on Apr 23, 2012 4:04 PM concerning plant:
    Valuable source of nectar and pollen for honey bees.
  • Posted by kqcrna (Cincinnati, Oh - Zone 6a) on Oct 24, 2011 10:19 AM concerning plant:
    Impatiens are a popular choice for good bloom in shade conditions. Some types are now sold as sun tolerant but I didn't find them so in my yard. They did survive with daily watering, but did not thrive like those in more shade.

    Started early from seed or as purchased plants, they bloom heavily over an extended period. They can add a much needed splash of bright color in shady areas. Available in a multitude of colors, including bicolors. They attract hummingbirds. They do well in hanging baskets on my mostly shady porch, luring the hummingbirds close, where we can watch their antics.
  • Posted by bonitin (Ghent, Belgium - Zone 8a) on Nov 25, 2012 2:00 AM concerning plant:
    The wild species grow much taller than the commercially sold ones,
    This one grew nearly 3 ft (90cm) tall!!
  • Posted by Paul2032 ( Utah - Zone 5b) on Oct 26, 2011 8:02 PM concerning plant:
    I'm often surprised to see wonderful beds of impatiens growing in sunnier locations here than i would have formerly thought possible. Those I pictured here are in a city park and only get shade mid-day. They do get regular overhead watering. I think that often things we consider shade plants such as impatiens, hosta, and tuberous begonias prosper when getting some good bright morning and evening sun and do not do as well in deeper shade.
  • Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Oct 26, 2011 9:05 PM concerning plant:
    Many years ago I had flower beds full of Impatiens walleriana but I haven't grown them in a long time. Here in my central Florida garden they did best in almost full shade and seemed to require a lot of water.
  • Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on May 25, 2013 12:00 AM concerning plant:
    "Impatiens walleriana, also known as busy Lizzie, balsam or simply impatiens, is a species of the genus Impatiens, native to eastern Africa from Kenya to Mozambique. It is a flowering herbaceous perennial plant growing to 15–60 cm tall, with broad lanceolate leaves 3–12 cm long and 2–5 cm broad. Leaves are mostly alternate, although they may be opposite near the top of the plant. The flowers are profusely borne, 2–5 cm diameter, with five petals and a 1 cm spur. The seedpod explodes when ripe in the same manner as other Impatiens species, an evolutionary adaptation for seed dispersal.

    Although perennial in frost-free growing conditions, it is usually treated as a half-hardy annual in temperate regions (though pot-grown plants can be successfully overwintered indoors). It is commonly cultivated in parks and gardens, typically grown in containers but also in bedding schemes. Propagation is by seed or stem cuttings (which often root readily in water). Numerous cultivars in a range of colours from white to purple, are widely available commercially, either as seeds or young plants.

    Impatiens downy mildew has spread widely in recent years and has seriously damaged the commercial production of I. walleriana hybrids."

    Taken from wikipedia's page at:

Plant Events from our members
lovesblooms On March 5, 2020 Seeds germinated
lovesblooms On March 4, 2020 Seeds germinated
hot pink
lovesblooms On February 26, 2020 Seeds sown
white; indoors, heat, lights
lovesblooms On February 26, 2020 Seeds sown
hot pink; indoors, heat, lights
lovesblooms On March 3, 2018 Seeds sown
indoors; labeled "salmon"
lovesblooms On February 16, 2017 Seeds germinated
labeled "salmon"
lovesblooms On February 7, 2017 Seeds sown
labeled "salmon"
lovesblooms From February 7, 2017 to February 6, 2017 Seeds sown
labeled "pink"
lovesblooms On February 7, 2017 Seeds sown
labeled "shade of pink"
lovesblooms On March 21, 2016 Seeds sown
indoors, pink
NikkiGerena On May 17, 2017 Transplanted
NikkiGerena On May 12, 2017 Obtained plant
Given to me by Chris and his teacher as a mother's day gift.
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Discussion Threads about this plant
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I. walleriana by purpleinopp Jul 31, 2021 10:16 AM 1
Wrong ID by sedumzz Apr 28, 2022 10:58 AM 3

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