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Impatiens arguta - Blue Impatiens

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Balsaminaceae (Touch-me-nots)
Origin: Garden Origin
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Lavender Pink
Bloomtime: Year-round
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 2-4 feet
Exposure: Light Shade/Part Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Impatiens arguta (Blue Impatiens) A delicate semi shrubby plant to 2 feet tall by 3 to 4 feet wide with delicate red stems holding inch and a half long mid-green finely serrated elliptic leaves. Year-round appear the unusual 2 inch long trumpet shaped flowers with a mottled violet tube, slightly flaring violet petals, an orange-yellow spotted white throat and a hooked yellow distal spur. These flowers are held dangling with on slender petioles below the leaves, mostly within the interior of the plant and with the hooked spur held upwards, the mottled tube downward petals the affect is much like a yellow billed violet parrot. Plant in full shade or with morning or late afternoon sun and irrigate regularly to occasionally. Seems to be fairly drought tolerant in full shade and has been hardy to the winter cold of coastal California winters; its ultimate hardiness still needs to be better tested but likely will tolerate temperatures in the mid to high 20s F for short durations. Nice in a dry shade garden or in a wall or hanging basket where an upward view best displays the flowers. This species comes from 5,900 to 10,500 feet in the Eastern Himalaya Mountians (East Nepal to Bhutan), northeastern India (Assam), Myanmar (Burma), and western China (southwest Sichuan, southern Xizang (Tibet), central and northwest Yunnan, where it grows in the forest understory, thickets, grasslands and along canals and other moist places. The name for the genus. The name for the genus is from the Latin word 'impatient' which means "unable to wait patiently" or "desiring immediate action" in reference to the sudden dehiscence of the of the fruit capsules. The common name "touch-me-not" also is in reference what is sometimes called an explosive dehiscence of seed. The specific epithet 'arguta' means sharp toothed, likely in reference to the fine serrations on the leaves. Lacking a common name, the fitting name of "Blue Dream" was given to this plant by San Francisco plantsman Jeff Hirsch, who described its flowering as "giving the effect that little purple parrots are flying through your plant!" Others have also taken to calling it Purple Parrot Flower. Our thanks go out to Glen Williams who first shared this plant with us.  The information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and from online sources as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We have also incorporated comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have some additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing  Impatiens arguta.