Impatiens hawkeri

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Impatiens hawkeri
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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Ericales
Family: Balsaminaceae
Genus: Impatiens
Species: I. hawkeri
Binomial name
Impatiens hawkeri

Impatiens hawkeri, the New Guinea impatiens, is a species of flowering plant in the family Balsaminaceae. It is native to Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.[1] It has been bred and hybridized in cultivation to produce a line of garden plants.

It was first collected in the Territory of Papua in 1884 and soon became popular as a greenhouse plant. After its discovery, fifteen other similar New Guinea taxa were collected, all of which were later determined to be forms of I. hawkeri.[2]

Plants with a great variety of flower and leaf colours are sold in nurseries.[3] The species has been crossed with Impatiens aurantiaca and I. platypetala to improve characteristics such as drought-resistance.[4]


  1. ^ Impatiens hawkeri. Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN).
  2. ^ Morgan, Raymond F. (2007). Impatiens: the vibrant world of Busy Lizzies, Balsams, and Touch-me-nots. Portland, Or: Timber Press. pp. 53–54. ISBN 0-88192-852-6. 
  3. ^ Starr, F. and K. Starr. Impatiens hawkeri (New Guinea impatiens). Plants of Hawaii. Starr Environmental.
  4. ^ Stephens, L. C. (1998). Formation of unreduced pollen by an Impatiens hawkeri × platypetala interspecific hybrid. Hereditas 128(3) 251-55.