Super Elfin® Scarlet Impatiens
Impatiens walleriana 'Super Elfin Scarlet'
Super Elfin® Scarlet Impatiens flowers
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Height: 10 inches
Spacing: 10 inches
Hardiness Zone: (annual)
Other Names: Busy Lizzie, Busy Lizzy
Group/Class: Super Elfin Series
This series features large, high quality blooms on vigorous plants with uniform growth habits; perfect for shaded beds, borders, and patio containers
Super Elfin® Scarlet Impatiens is draped in stunning scarlet round flowers at the ends of the stems from mid spring to late summer. Its small pointy leaves remain green in color throughout the season.
Super Elfin® Scarlet Impatiens is a dense herbaceous annual with a mounded form. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.
This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should not require much pruning, except when necessary, such as to remove dieback. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Super Elfin® Scarlet Impatiens is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- Border Edging
- General Garden Use
- Container Planting
- Hanging Baskets
Planting & Growing
Super Elfin® Scarlet Impatiens will grow to be about 10 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 12 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 10 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. This fast-growing annual will normally live for one full growing season, needing replacement the following year.
This plant does best in partial shade to full shade. Keep it well away from hot, dry locations that receive direct afternoon sun or which get reflected sunlight, such as against the south side of a white wall. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It may require supplemental watering during periods of drought or extended heat. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by cuttings; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.
Super Elfin® Scarlet Impatiens is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor containers and hanging baskets. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers against which the thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.