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True Blue Impatiens

Hidden in a remote part of Tibet in the Himalayas lies the world's deepest canyon, the Tsangpo gorge.  Twice as deep as the Grand Canyon, this uninhabited valley is teeming with hundreds of exotic plant species, many never seen before in the West.  It was here in 2003 that explorers discovered what may be the bluest Impatiens species - Impatiens namchabarwensis - the "True Blue" Impatiens.  It was named after its mountain homeland, Mt. Namcha-Barwa.  This is an extremely rare beauty that happens to be easy to grow!

Blue Impatiens namchabarwensis

The True Blue Impatiens grows vigorously to about 18 inches tall and wide.  It flowers practically all year for me!  The flared blooms are 1-2 inches long and are a delightful ultramarine or violet-blue color with a contrasting white throat.  There are interesting yellow and red markings both inside and outside the blooms.  The flowers share a "bird-like" resemblance to Impatiens arguta.  Both species grow near each other on Mt. Namcha Barwa.  This is an annual species that can re-seed itself outdoors.. or you may collect the seeds and grow them indoors.  The plant might be able to cross-breed with some other Impatiens, to create new hybrids.

Impatiens namchabarwensis

It grows best between 50 and 85 degrees F (10-29C), with nights that are cool.  It reportedly can tolerate warmer conditions with warm nights, although i cannot guarantee it.  The foliage might be able to tolerate a light, brief frost, but it is best to protect the plant from all frost.  It grows well indoors in a small pot.  Filtered sunlight or morning sun + bright shade.  Protect it from hot afternoon sun.  Like most Impatiens, it enjoys fertile, well-draining soil that's kept evenly moist.  In the right conditions, it is a fast grower, and a very heavy bloomer! 

Impatiens namchabawensis

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