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Parrot plant

Impatiens niamniamensis

Congo cockatoo, Parrot Impatiens (Eng.)

Parrot plant or parrot impatiens, provides a spark of bright color in shady areas of the garden, much like other impatiens flowers. Named for the clusters of bright, orange-red and yellow, beak-like blooms, Congo cockatoo flowers grow year round in mild climates.

Planning

Difficulty
Moderate
Fruiting time
Summer, Spring

Harvesting

Bag seed-heads to capture ripening seed, remove once seeds have been released from the seed capsule.

Propagation

Seed
Sow seed in early spring into trays and replant when about 10cm high.
Cuttings
Root softwood cuttings in spring or early summer.

Special features

Indoor plant
Place the plant in low or filtered sunlight, keep the potting mix lightly moist by watering when the top of the soil feels dry, but never let the pot stand in water.
Attracts useful insects
Attracts bees and butterflies.

Geography

Origin
Africa, tropical areas from Cameroon through central and East Africa, up to Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania and Angola

Environment

Light
Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Wet
Soil type
Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Acid, Neutral
Frost hardiness
Tender

Personality

Family
Balsaminaceae
Flower colour
Red and yellow
Scent
None

Problems

Grey mould (Botrytis) may be a problem if conditions are too damp. Susceptible to whitefly and aphids.

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