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February 04, 2008


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Whoa, Nelly! That's so beautiful, it's almost surreal. Sort of reminds me of the blue of my evolvolus 'Blue Daze', which I keep growing indoors because I need a blue fix in winter. I'll wait for this to make its way across the pond...even I would grow this impatiens!

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Yes, doesn't it look great? Well, in the meantime you could always try the natural species from Annie's Annuals.


I think it's worth noting that the flower color (of the sp. at least) is somewhat weather dependent- it's usually more purplish in warmer weather.I'm curious if 'Blue Sky' is a seed strain, as the plants don't seem (in the northeast, anyway)inclined to be perennial, even in a cool greenhouse. Finally, Cistus Nursery in Oregon (who should be on your list of favorites, along w/ Yucca Do in Texas) also sells the plant

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I'm sincerely glad to see that the seeds/plants are now in the "public domain". I'm sure that all the big seed companies are working like mad to see if it'll cross with any of the known commercial sources. Very cool.


I got this from Annie's Annuals last year in late summer so I never saw it get lanky. The blooms were exquisite and whilst small the plant was appealingly loose, without that dumpy habit that's been bred into many Impatiens.
Definitely give it a go.


This reminds me of the bizarre internet non-hoax associated with I. psittachina, which many people refused to believe was real when pictures circulated under the name "Thai parrot flower." There is an amusing attempt to prove that it is real here:

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No, ed, it's not a seed strain It's for propagating by cuttings.

We're gong to see lots more unusual impatiens, I'm sure. Like 'Fusion Peach Frost' I mentioned last summer -

And that "parrot flower", max - how could anyone say it's an orchid! It's so obviously related to Himalayan balsam (Impatiens glandulifera).


Graham, I think it's safe to say that the "parrot flower" controversy occurred among people who were not exactly plant experts. Then again, neither am I, and I instantly suspected it was an Impatiens.

Also, of course, psittacus means parrot in Latin (and Greek).

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