Impatiens omeiana


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Plant type

Half-hardy annual

Flower colour



Dramatic foliage



Skill level


photo by Martin Hughes-Jones, copyright GAP Photos (143603)

Plant details

Although related to the brightly coloured busy lizzies that are often used for summer bedding, this species is grown mainly for its foliage rather than its flowers. It forms a low-growing, spreading clump covered with handsome dark green, velvety leaves with striking white midribs. It's easy to grow but requires a shady position as the leaves tend to scorch in sunshine. Its exotic appearance makes it ideal for jungle style plantings and shady containers.

Family: Balsaminacea

Genus: Impatiens

Species: omeiana

Plant type: Half-hardy annual

Flower colour: Yellow

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist

Hardiness: Tender

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 30cm

Spread: 50cm

Time to take cuttings: May to July

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