Impatiens hawkeri, the New Guinea impatiens, is a species of flowering plant in the family Balsaminaceae. It is native to Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. It has been bred and hybridized in cultivation to produce a line of garden plants.
New Guinea impatiens grow best with about 4 to 6 hours of afternoon shade. The flowers are long lasting, blooming in spring and staying bright until the first frost. Make sure to plant them about 30cm apart if planting in the garden. They also make great plants for hanging baskets.
None of the varieties of this plant can tolerate drought very well, so keep the soil moist with soaker hoses or other watering devices. In hot summer months, this may mean daily watering that soaks deep into the ground.
These plants are non-toxic to cats and dogs.
New Guinea Impatiens - Red
A single New Guinea Impatiens in a 15cm plastic nursery pot.