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Magenta Impatiens platypetala

I'm delighted to have this rare magenta form of Impatiens platypetala.  This perky perennial species is native to rainforests in Southeast Asia.  It blooms almost all year long, with vivid, two-toned blossoms that are purplish-pink with a deep-fuchsia center.  The plant is almost unknown in cultivation, but it's a great collector's plant that is easy to grow.  I don't know anyone else offering it!

Magenta Impatiens platypetala

Unlike the orange form of the species, which is tall and slender, this magenta form is shorter and rounder, growing to about 16 inches tall & wide.  It looks great when grown in a hanging planter.  The 1 inch flowers appear almost non-stop throughout the year for me.  Some of today's common hybrids originated from this species, and sometimes they are even called "Impatiens platypetala" incorrectly.  This is a naturally occurring species, not a cultivated hybrid.

Impatiens platypetala

It grows best with temperatures above 40 degrees F (4C), and preferably over 55 (13C).  I have no information on how much heat it can take.  It's possible that it will dislike hot days with warm nights.  It grows great indoors in a pot.  Like most Impatiens, it enjoys bright, filtered light.  Protect it from strong sun exposure.  It prefers fertile, well-draining soil that's kept evenly moist.  Over about 40% humidity is best.  In the right conditions, it is very easy to grow.

Also see the orange form!

 

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