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Impatiens latiflora - "Indian Angel" Impatiens

Here's another rarity that you won't find in your local nursery.  Impatiens latiflora - the "Indian Angel" Impatiens - is a beautiful species from northeast India that is new to cultivation.  This striking plant flowers all year long, with large, intense-pink blooms along the tops of the branches.  This is a stunning plant that deserves to be more widely grown.  Fresh seeds are rarely seen for sale.

Impatiens latiflora - "Indian Angel" Impatiens

Impatiens latiflora is a perennial species that grows to about 18 inches tall and wide.  Its big, lush leaves get 4 to 6 inches long.  The flowers are clustered in racemes of 4 or 5 at the ends of the new growth.  The 2 inch long blooms appear practically all year long for me.  Their color is mostly pink, with some yellow and white at the center of the flower.  Impatiens latiflora is a true species, not a cultivated hybrid.

Impatiens latiflora - "Indian Angel" Impatiens

There is very little information on this plant, but other Impatiens species from the same region tend to be happiest between 50 and 80 degrees F (10-27 degrees C), and often lag in hot conditions, especially if nights are warm.  This species is untested in hot temperatures, so consider it experimental above 85 degrees F (29 C).  It is probably not frost-hardy, so protect it from freezing temperatures.  It grows well indoors in a pot.  Like most Impatiens, it prefers moist, well-draining soil, and filtered sun or bright shade.  Protect it from strong afternoon sun.  Over about 40-45% humidity is recommended.

Impatiens latiflora - "Indian Angel" Impatiens

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