We got this perennial African species from Mr. Impatiens, Derick Pittman. Nice pink flowers on numerous stems to 3'. He says it has shown unexpected hardiness to zone 8 but we have not yet trialed it outside, but when we do, we will mulch the heck out of it. To be safe, overwinter a chunk in a cool greenhouse or garage in the fall.
A perennial species with yellow flowers on a low, spreading plant to 18" tall. This comes from the cooler northern Indian mountains whose mild climate was enjoyed by the British in their hill stations. When in flower during a warm summer day, this pairs beautifully with either a cold Pimm's Cup cocktail or a Mango Lassi. First bit of frost will take it down but we suspect that with a overwintering blanket of snuggly mulch, this should be rhizome hardy to mid Zone 8. Thanks Derick Pittman!
An uncommon tuberous species from South Africa where it is rare in the wild and getting rarer from human pressure. This Dahlia hardy here in the Northwest so can be left in the ground if the drainage is good and you are kind enough to mulch it in the winter. Big leaves, reddish stems and pink flowers with a long spur.
An introduction of this hardy zone 7 rhizomatous species by Bjornar Olsen from Sichuan. Small flowers generously produced are a nice taupe infused with the palest pink blush and further accentuated by vivid pink specks and lines on the exterior. The yellow and orange throat carries these same specks and lines.
An awesome - and I don't use this word lightly - hardy Impatiens from Africa. John Grimshaw in the UK speaks highly of this species. To 6' tall in morning sun or light shade with awesome (there i go again) 3" wide flat-faced white flowers with a red throat. Gorgeous. Perennial big tuberous roots. Not a seeding thug.
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