New Guinea Impatiens (Impatiens hawkeri)

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: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 10a -1.1 °C (30 °F) to +1.7 °C (35 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 12
Plant Height: 24 to 36 inches
Plant Spread: 12 to 24 inches
Leaves: Evergreen
Fruit: Dehiscent
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Orange
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Houseplant
Uses: Groundcover
Suitable as Annual
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Other: Unless the particular cultivar has a plant patent or application is pending for a patent.
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Suitable for hanging baskets
Needs excellent drainage in pots


Photo gallery:

This plant is tagged in:
Image Image Image

Posted by Marilyn (Northern KY - Zone 6a) on May 24, 2013 11:56 PM

"Impatiens hawkeri is a New Guinea Impatiens species that is one of the sources for the popular New Guinea hybrid impatiens. It was the first of the New Guinea species, collected in Papua in 1884 by Lt. Hawker R. N. It was popular in the 19th century as a greenhouse plant. After its discovery, fifteen further New Guinea species were discovered, which were later determined to be different forms of I. hawkeri."

Taken from wikipedia's page at:

[ Reply to this comment | Give a thumbs up ]

Discussion Threads about this plant
Thread Title Last Reply Replies
What am I? by IJsbrandtGA Jan 15, 2019 3:57 PM 4
in zones 1-8, what annuals will you winter- over indoors? cuttings? Bare root? by Turbosaurus Dec 26, 2018 10:20 AM 10
What plant is this? by Ivyandstuff Sep 16, 2018 6:31 AM 1
perennial impatiens by marieandrade May 11, 2018 10:50 AM 3
Can anyone identify this plant by MotherM Mar 26, 2018 12:14 AM 4
Identifying my plant by yaraahmed28 Mar 19, 2018 3:23 PM 2
Plant ID by carlysuko Nov 18, 2017 9:46 PM 6
Help! Balsam Leaves Withering and Flowers Dropping (Impatiens balsamina) by hueylewis80 Oct 1, 2017 6:14 PM 1
Need help IDing this pretty plant by hueylewis80 Oct 2, 2017 5:47 AM 12
what is the plant ? [ !1! ] by FearLessGreen Aug 21, 2017 4:04 PM 8

« Add a new plant to the database

« The Plants Database Front Page

Today's site banner is by Marilyn and is called "Winter Aconite"