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Impatiens niamniamensis
  • RHS AGM

parrot plant

I. niamniamensis is a short-lived, evergreen perennial. The flattened, tubular flowers hang below the leaves and have a green, hooded mouth, yellow middle and red, hooked tail

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Size
Ultimate height
0.5–1 metres
Time to ultimate height
1–2 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Green Red Yellow Green
Autumn
Winter
Position
  • Partial shade
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H1B
Botanical details
Family
Balsaminaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Columnar upright
Genus

Impatiens can be annuals or evergreen perennials, with fleshy stems bearing simple, toothed leaves and solitary or clustered, spurred, 5-petalled flowers

Name status

Correct

Plant range
Tropical Africa

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How to grow

Cultivation

Needs a sheltered, partially shaded site and a moist but well-drained soil. Grow in a container, protected over winter, or use a bedding dot plant

Propagation

Propagate by seed or softwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Patio and container plants
  • Sub-tropical
Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Can get aphids, glasshouse red spider mite, glasshouse whitefly and vine weevil under glass

Diseases

Generally disease free

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