People love this perennial (hardy) Impatiens- they are immediately drawn to its very pretty foliage and for most of the season thats all there is. Spreading as a low herbaceous perennial to just 16″ tall but many feet wide when happy. Rich, loose, hummusy rich soil that drains quickly with regular irrigation. Part shade to quite a bit of shade. Ideal under large shrubs, in shady spots. Each pointed leaf is minutely scalloped with a red to yellow central vein. The undersides of the leaves are madder red. In autumn relatively large tubular ( or police helmet shaped) flowers of soft yellow appear at the tips. The show is late and to be honest most people kind of miss it. Completely winter deciduous. Avoid blasting hot sun and compacted soils.
Family: Balsaminaceae Genus: Impatiens
Plant type: Herbaceous perennial
Biomes/Growing conditions: Dry Shade, Mesic, Oregon Coast
Sun exposure: Part Shade, Shade
USDA Hardiness zone: Zn6a -5º to -10ºF
Foliage color: Dark Green, Variegated
Foliage season: Winter Deciduous