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Impatiens marianae

Impatiens marianae is a rarely-seen species from India with mesmerizing variegation!  Its amazing leaf pattern occurs naturally - this is not a cultivated hybrid.  Unfortunately, this is a cool-climate species that might not thrive in hot climates.  If you can provide the right environment, it's a stunning collector's plant.  It is seldom seen for sale.

Variegated Impatiens marianae

Impatiens marianae is a perennial species that trails along the ground for 2 or 3 feet, and grows to about a foot tall.  It looks great when grown in a hanging planter.  The 2-inch leaves are dark green along the main veins, and have a silvery-white background that shimmers.  I suspect the bold variegation enables pollinators to see the plant in the dark forest understory where it grows.  The inch-long flowers are beautiful deep pink with yellow markings inside, and have a curved "tail".  It is real treat when it blooms!

Impatiens marianae

Impatiens marianae prefers cooler, moist conditions.  It's happiest between about 50 and 75F (10-24C).  It can usually tolerate warmer conditions if nights are cool, but the combination of hot days with warm nights might stress it.  Protection from frost is essential.  This species prefers higher humidity - over about 50% is best.  It makes a great terrarium plant if given some air circulation.  Give it bright, filtered light, and protect it from strong sun exposure.  Like most Impatiens, it enjoys, well-draining soil that's kept consistently moist.  In the right conditions, it's an easy and vigorous plant.

Impatiens marianae

Photo 2 courtesy of Diego Delso

 

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