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Impatiens marianae, Touch-me-not

Impatiens marianae

Family: Balsaminaceae
Origin: India
Small shrub 2-5 ftSemi-shadeRegular waterPink flowersOrnamental foliageSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

The 2-inch leaves have a silvery-white background, and dark green along the main veins. Its amazing leaf pattern occurs naturally - this is not a cultivated hybrid. The inch-long flowers are deep pink with yellow markings inside, and have a curved "tail".

It does best in bright, filtered light, and should be protected from strong sun exposure.

Likes moist, but well drained, fertile soil.

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