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"Elephant's Foot" Impatiens from Thailand

This rare gem doesn't have a name, so i'm calling it the "Elephant's Foot" Impatiens!  This unusual species was discovered fairly recently in Thailand.  It forms a large, corky caudex, similar to the "elephant's foot" Dioscorea.  It's an exceptionally handsome plant that would make a great show plant.  It looks somewhat like my Impatiens mirabilis, however this is a different species that doesn't seem to have been named yet.  This is the first time i have it available.  I don't know anyone else offering it.

"Elephant's Foot" Impatiens from Thailand

I don't know how large the tubers are capable of growing, but mine is currently 5 inches across and continues to grow slowly.  The surface develops cracks as it grows, giving it a great scaly texture.  It tends to go dormant for a few months each year, unlike Impatiens mirabilis.  Its attractive leaves are glossy and have scalloped edges.  The plant flowers almost non-stop for me.  The 1 inch blooms are creamy white with some burgundy markings.  The plant might be able to cross-breed with some other Impatiens species to create new hybrids.

"Elephant's Foot" Impatiens from Thailand

It grows well for me indoors between 60 and 78 degrees F (16-26C).  I have no knowledge of how well it grows outside that temperature range.  It seems to prefer a fast-draining soil mix, such as cactus mix.  A typical mix is 2 parts pumice rock, 3 parts perlite or coarse sand, and 1 part coir fiber or peat.  Keep the mix evenly moist at all times, but don't keep it too wet while it's dormant.  It likes bright, filtered light.  It needs some protection from strong afternoon sun.  Over about 40% humidity is best.  In the right conditions, it's an easy, long-lived plant.

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