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Vietnamese Impatiens

This beautiful Vietnamese Impatiens species was recently discovered in the forests of Northern Vietnam.  It's a striking plant, not just for its exotic blooms, but for its unusual foliage and robust growth habit.  It blooms almost constantly throughout the year and makes a great show plant!  I don't think it has been given a species name yet.  It probably isn't available anywhere else online.

Vietnam Impatiens

It is a perennial species with rigid stems and an upright habit, growing to about 2 feet tall.  The older stems become woody at the base, which is pretty strange for Impatiens.  Its sturdy design probably helps the plant withstand heavy rainfall.  The robust leaves grow 6 inches long and are thick, glossy, and deeply ribbed.  The bird-shaped blossoms dangle from 6 inch long panicles almost all year.  These inflated blooms are just under 2 inches long, and have pretty pink & yellow markings inside.  You might be able to cross-breed this species with some other Impatiens to create new hybrids.

Viet Nam Impatiens

It grows well indoors for me at temperatures between 60 and 80F (16-27C).  I have not tried it outside that temperature range, but i suspect it might be unhappy below 50 (10C), or above 85 (29C), especially if nights are warm.  Like most Impatiens, it enjoys fertile, well-draining soil that's kept evenly moist.  It likes bright, filtered light or morning sun.  Shade it from strong afternoon sun or it may wilt.  Over about 40-50% humidity is best.  In the right conditions, it is an easy and vigorous plant.

 

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