Impatiens (Busy Lizzy)
Impatiens walleriana varieties
Readily sold at most nurseries and local markets, these colourful plants spread easily by seed and fragments. Commonly found along drains and water courses.
- Family Balsaminaceae
- Origin Africa
- Habit Bushy, succulent-stemmed tender perennial that grows in a spreading mound 15-60cm tall depending on variety. Shade tolerant, favouring moist conditions.
- Leaves Ovate to elliptic leaves light to dark green, sometimes with a bronze-red cast and serrated edges. The opposite leaves are arranged spirally around a thick, green or brownish, brittle stem. Fragments of stem re-root readily.
- Flowers Large (to 5cm across), fleshy, with 5 petals. Pink, rose, red, lilac, purple, orange, white & bicolors. Spring-Autumn.
- Fruit Explosive capsules contain hundreds of small, viable seeds, which are expelled some distance when ripe.
- Roots Fibrous root system tolerant of a wide range of soil types from sand to clay.
- Dispersal Seed and vegetation is spread by water, humans, contaminated soil (earthmoving equipment, car tyres etc) and garden refuse dumping.
- Control Hand pull/dig, bagging all plant parts and removing from site. Foliar spray.
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