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Impatiens repens

Impatiens repens - the "Yellow Canary" Impatiens - is a terrific, rare species that everyone should grow!  Most people never guess that this is an Impatiens.  Its bright red stems cascade down 4 feet or more, with tiny, rounded leaves that are are cute as a baby's toes.  The big, canary-yellow flowers are just an added bonus on this first-rate foliage plant.  Despite its exotic look, it happens to be easy to grow.  This is an endangered species that was thought to be extinct in the wild until it was recently found in Sri Lanka.

Impatiens repens

Impatiens repens is a perennial species that looks terrific as a hanging plant, but you can also let it creep horizontally.  Its succulent, red stems branch out and create an impressive dense mat of foliage.  The miniature leaves make the flowers look huge.  It can flower almost all year long!  The hooded, 1 inch blooms have red markings inside, and a curved "tail" in back.  They look like fat, little birds flying around the plant!

Impatiens repens

Impatiens repens grows well in normal room temperature.  It's possible that very hot conditions may hinder flowering or stress the plant, especially if nights are warm.  It needs temperatures above 50F (10C).  It does best in bright, filtered light.  Protect it from strong afternoon sun.  Like most Impatiens, it enjoys fertile, well-draining soil that's kept evenly moist.  Some humidity is needed for it to thrive - over about 40% is best.  In the right conditions, it's a vigorous plant.

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