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Impatiens sodenii (Poor man's rhododendron)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
1.5m
Max height
1.5m
Max spread
1-2 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Impatiens sodenii

Other names

Poor man's rhododendron, Impatiens sodenii subsp. sodenii var. ugandense, Impatiens ugandense, Impatiens oliveri, Poor man's orchid, Shrub balsam

Genus

Impatiens Impatiens

Species

I. sodenii - I. sodenii is a tender, upright to rounded, evergreen perennial or subshrub with whorls of lance-shaped, toothed, dark green leaves and long stalks bearing pale pink or white flowers in summer.


Impatiens sodenii is: Evergreen

Habit

Rounded, Upright

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

Pink, White in Summer

Foliage

Dark-green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Glasshouse red spider mite , Vine weevil , Aphids Glasshouse red spider mite , Vine weevil , Aphids

General care

Pruning

Little to no pruning required.

Propagation methods

Seed, Softwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Impatiens sodenii (Poor man's rhododendron) will reach a height of 1.5m and a spread of 1.5m after 1-2 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, City, Conservatory, Containers, Cottage/Informal, Greenhouse, Sub-Tropical

Cultivation

In frost-free areas, grow in moist but well-drained soil in a sheltered site in partial shade. Water regularly, particularly in dry periods. In frost-prone areas, overwinter indoors or grow under glass in loam-based compost in bright, filtered light and moderate to high humidity.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Shade

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Indoor heated (H1), Tender in frost (H3)

Companion plants

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Botanical name

Impatiens sodenii

Other names

Poor man's rhododendron, Impatiens sodenii subsp. sodenii var. ugandense, Impatiens ugandense, Impatiens oliveri, Poor man's orchid, Shrub balsam

Genus

Impatiens Impatiens

Species

I. sodenii - I. sodenii is a tender, upright to rounded, evergreen perennial or subshrub with whorls of lance-shaped, toothed, dark green leaves and long stalks bearing pale pink or white flowers in summer.

Native to

Eastern Africa

Foliage

Evergreen

Habit

Rounded, Upright

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

Pink, White in Summer

Foliage

Dark-green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Glasshouse red spider mite , Vine weevil , Aphids

General care

Pruning

Little to no pruning required.

Propagation methods

Seed, Softwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Impatiens sodenii (Poor man's rhododendron) will reach a height of 1.5m and a spread of 1.5m after 1-2 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, City, Conservatory, Containers, Cottage/Informal, Greenhouse, Sub-Tropical

Cultivation

In frost-free areas, grow in moist but well-drained soil in a sheltered site in partial shade. Water regularly, particularly in dry periods. In frost-prone areas, overwinter indoors or grow under glass in loam-based compost in bright, filtered light and moderate to high humidity.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Shade

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Indoor heated (H1), Tender in frost (H3)

USDA zones

Zone 11, Zone 10, Zone 9

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Impatiens sodenii (Poor man's rhododendron)

Common pest name

Necrotic spot

Scientific pest name

Impatiens necrotic spot virus

Type

Virus or Viroid

Current status in UK

Present (Widespread)

Likelihood to spread in UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Pest of mainly ornamentals and vegetables; present in the UK; and covered by the EU listing of Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus. To be kept under consideration in light of a review of the EU listing.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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