Sunday, 29 March 2015

Impatiens tinctoria

Impatiens tinctoria
An old favourite from East Africa and surprisingly hardy given a good pile of straw over the tubers in winter to stop them freezing. Forms a thicket of tall juicy green stems clothed in quite large lush green leaves and topped from late summer until it freezes with heavily fragrant white flowers.
Impatiens tinctoria
The flowers have a very long spur behind, adapted to the long-tongued moths that pollinate them in the wild.
Impatiens tinctoria
Remarkably easy given plenty of moisture and, as I said, a good thick mulch in winter.
1L pots ~ £8