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Impatiens insignis 

This is a close look at the rare Impatiens insignis from the Himalayas around Nepal.  Quite different from common Impatiens, it's unusual both for its long, hooked "tail" and its distinctive, banded stems.  It is a vigorous plant that is easy to grow, and reportedly is frost-hardy.  The plant is highly rare, and seldom seen for sale.

Impatiens insignis

 Impatiens insignis is a perennial species with upright stems that grow to about 3 feet tall.  Its rigid stems have thickened nodes and attractive, translucent purple stripes, looking sort of like an earthworm!  The plant can bloom at various times of the year, with about 4 to 8 flowers per raceme, but reportedly up to 20.  The 1 inch blossoms are a pretty pink or mauve, and have yellow & red markings inside.  This species might be able to cross-breed with some other Impatiens to create new hybrids.

Impatiens insignis

I don't know its climate tolerances, but many Himalayan Impatiens prefer mild daytime temperatures and cool nights.  Consider it experimental in temperatures consistently above 85 F (29C), especially with warm nights (above 65F / 18C).  The plant can go deciduous outdoors in winter, and its roots are reportedly hardy to 15 F (-9C).  Like most Impatiens, it prefers fertile, well-draining soil, however the soil needs to be wet for it to flower reliably.  It grows well in filtered sun or bright shade.  Protect it from strong afternoon sun.  Over about 40% humidity is best.

Impatiens insignis

 

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