Strike Plum New Guinea Impatiens
Impatiens hawkeri 'Strike Plum'
Strike Plum New Guinea Impatiens flowers
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Height: 10 inches
Spacing: 8 inches
Hardiness Zone: (annual)
Other Names: New Guinea Impatiens, Busy Lizzie, Busy Lizzy
Group/Class: Strike Series
Strike Plum New Guinea Impatiens features bold crimson round flowers at the ends of the stems from mid spring to early fall. Its pointy leaves remain dark green in color with showy yellow variegation throughout the season.
Strike Plum New Guinea Impatiens is a dense herbaceous annual with a mounded form. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.
This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should not require much pruning, except when necessary, such as to remove dieback. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Strike Plum New Guinea Impatiens is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- Border Edging
- General Garden Use
- Container Planting
- Hanging Baskets
Planting & Growing
Strike Plum New Guinea Impatiens will grow to be about 10 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 8 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. This fast-growing annual will normally live for one full growing season, needing replacement the following year.
This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by cuttings; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.
Strike Plum New Guinea Impatiens is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor containers and hanging baskets. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers against which the thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.