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common name: Poor Man's Rhododendron, Shrub Balsam, Oliver's Snapweed, Buzy Lissie
synonyms: Impatiens oliveri, Impatiens magnifica, Impatiens uguenensis
growth rate: fast
growth habit: bushy
leaf colour: green
flower colour: pink
fruit colour: light green
stem/bark: light green
main season: Summer
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: 10°C
USDA zone: 11 to 11
Large, subshrubby, tender perennial with almost succulent fleshy stems and toothed lance shaped, glossy deep green, leaves. Quite large pale pink, lilac or white flowers that can be produced at nearly any time if conditions are right. They are followed by greenish seed capsules that busrt open when ripe.
Best in reasonably fertile, moist, well drained soil and part shade. Needs consistently warm temperatures to thrive but can be grown s a greenhouse plant or treated as an annual.
Prune as required to control size.
From seed or by softwood cuttings, which root easily. May self-seed freely.
Tropical or sub-tropical plantings, patio containers, greenhouse or conservatory plant.
Native to tropical East Africa, naturalised elsewhere and regarded as an invasive weed in some regions.