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Impatiens niamniamensis (Parrot Plant)

Parrot Plant, Congo Cockatoo


Impatiens niamniamensis (Parrot Plant) is a short-lived, evergreen, bushy perennial with striking, cornucopia-shaped, greenish-yellow flowers, each with a long orange, red, crimson or purple spur. Blooming in summer and fall, the hooded flowers dangle below the foliage of oval, toothed leaves. Native to Central Africa, this species makes a beautiful show in the garden or in a container and, when happy, will flower from the base of the plant up to the tip, sometimes presenting an abundance of blooms. It does not do well in high heat and humidity.

  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society.
  • Grows up to 24-36 in. tall (60-90 cm) and 12 in. wide (30 cm).
  • Performs best in part shade in moist but well-drained soils. Provide a sheltered location.
  • Keep an eye out for glasshouse red spider mite, vine weevil and aphids if grown indoors.
  • No pruning required.
  • Propagate by seed or softwood cuttings.
  • Native to Tropical Africa.

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Requirements

Hardiness 11
Heat Zones 1 – 12
Climate Zones 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Annuals, Perennials
Plant Family Impatiens
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 10" – 1' (25cm – 30cm)
Spacing 12" (30cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen
Garden Uses Patio and Containers

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Requirements

Hardiness 11
Heat Zones 1 – 12
Climate Zones 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Annuals, Perennials
Plant Family Impatiens
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 10" – 1' (25cm – 30cm)
Spacing 12" (30cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen
Garden Uses Patio and Containers

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