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Impatiens niamniamensis, Parrot Plant

Impatiens niamniamensis

Parrot Plant
Family: Balsaminaceae
Origin: Tropical East Africa
Small shrub 2-5 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterRed/crimson/vinous flowersYellow/orange flowers

Known as the 'Parrot Plant', this is an exceptionally bizarre and easy to grow plant. Pinch out growing tips to encourage side shoots. A bright position out of full summer sun is required. Feed and water the plants regularly during spring and summer. In winter reduce water but ensure the plants receive as much light as possible. Minimum temperature 50F. Each flower has a curled spur and the color changes along their length; the flower color also varies from plant to plant. Requires a rather acidic, well-drained soil.

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