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Hare's Hybrid 

Who let the parrots out?!  The Parrot Impatiens is an amusing rarity with swarms of parrot-shaped blooms!  This hard-to-find form called Hare's Hybrid puts out playful red & white blooms non-stop throughout the year!  People are usually surprised to learn this creature is an Impatiens.  As exotic as it looks, it's one of the easiest plants i've grown.  Make room for another "pet" in the house!

Hare's Hybrid Parrot Impatiens

 The Parrot Impatiens (I. niamniamensis) is an evergreen perennial that grows 2 to 3 feet tall.  It has a handsome "bonsai tree" look, thanks to its stocky growth and brown stems that resemble wood.  The stems are actually succulent and flexible, like other Impatiens.  The main attraction of course are the colorful, cornucopia-shaped blooms, which appear almost constantly throughout the year!  The big 1 inch blooms are red with a creamy-white "collar" and "hood" that's lined with red.  These exotic blooms emerge from all over the plant, even on the "old wood".  You won't believe how many flowers this plant puts out!!  Kip in Ohio says, "Your photos don't do the plant justice - the blooms are amazing!"

Niamniamensis Hare's Hybrid

Impatiens Niamniamensis

The original form of Parrot Impatiens - click here to see it!

Parrot Impatiens comes from tropical Africa and needs Zone 10 conditions - preferably above 50F.  It can tolerate dips into the 40s, but succumbs to the slightest frost.  Fortunately it grows well indoors in a pot.  Makes a wonderful, upbeat houseplant!  It likes bright light, but should be shaded from strong midday sun.  It does best with at least 50% humidity. Overall, this is an easy, low-maintenance plant.

Hare's Hybrid

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