This large genus of around 850 species of succulent annuals,
evergreen perennials and subshrubs is widely distributed, especially
in the subtropics and tropics of Asia and Africa.
They are useful for colorful summer bedding displays and for indoor
and patio plants.
The flowers come in an ever-increasing range of colors.
Many hybrid strains are perennial in mild climates, but in colder
climates are usually grown as annuals. Their botanical name,
Impatiens, refers to the impatience with which they grow and
Flowering colors: Brown, Crimson, Mauve, Orange, Pink, Purple, Red,
Scarlet, Violet, White, Yellow
Cultivation: Fully frost hardy to frost tender, they will grow in
sun or part-shade; many species do well under overhanging trees.
They prefer a moist but freely drained soil, and need protection
from strong winds.
Tip prune the fast-growing shoots to encourage shrubby growth and
more abundant flowers. Propagate from seed or stem cuttings .