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Blue Dream Impatiens

Impatiens arguta was so rare, it didn't have a common name - so i gave it one!  The "Blue Dream" Impatiens is a delightful plant from Nepal that you're not likely to find in local nurseries.  The inflated, bluish-lavender flowers are very un-Impatiens-like - and they appear all throughout the year!  These dream-like blooms are suspended by long stems, giving the effect that little purple parrots are flying through your plant!

Impatiens arguta

Impatiens arguta is a vigorous perennial that creeps and climbs 2 to 4 feet in all directions.  It looks terrific in a hanging planter, where its abundant shoots and lush leaves can spill over the edges.  The flowers appear practically all year long!  The 2 inch blooms flare open like an orchid and have contrasting orange markings inside.  The flanks have markings that look amazingly like bird feathers, and the tip curls into a gold and burgundy "beak".  These are truly exotic blooms, unlike any other.  This is a naturally-occurring species, not a cultivated hybrid.

The plant is happiest between 50 and 80 degrees F (10-27C), with nights that are cool.  Consistently hot conditions might stress it, especially if nights are warm (above 65F/18C).  It can probably survive a light frost, since it is able to grow back from its roots.  It does wonderfully indoor as a houseplant.  I have these growing all over the house!  Like most Impatiens, it prefers fertile, well-draining soil, regular watering, and some humidity.  Filtered sun or bright shade is best - protect it from strong afternoon sun.  In the right conditions, it is easy to grow.

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