The Vibrant and Versatile Impatiens hawkeri

Say hello to the Impatiens hawkeri, or as it's more commonly known, the Busy Lizzy! This lively plant is a garden favorite, known for its vibrant colors and adaptability. Perfect for both confined spaces and expansive landscapes, the Busy Lizzy is a plant that truly lives up to its name.

Impatiens hawkeri

All Light Conditions

Highly adaptable to any lighting conditions, from dark to sunny.

Moderate Water Needs

Needs regular watering (multiple times a week), but can manage occasional variations.

Moderately Adaptable Soil pH

Can thrive in acidic to neutral pH ranges.

Safe For Humans

No known toxic effects.

Low Safety Risks For Pets

This plant has minimal safety concerns for pets.


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About Impatiens hawkeri

The Busy Lizzy is a non-woody perennial that stands between 0.75 and 4 feet tall, with a width ranging from 1.5 to 3 feet. Its emerald leaves are a sight to behold, but it's the flowers that steal the show. Blooming from late winter through midyear, these spectacular flowers come in a variety of colors, including peach, salmon, violet, scarlet, and alabaster.

Did you know that the Busy Lizzy is a favorite among lepidopterans? That's right, this plant is a butterfly magnet!

Also known as

Busy Lizzy

Our design recommendations

The Busy Lizzy is a versatile plant when it comes to garden design. It's perfect for edge and base planting, and it can also be used for bulk planting to create a vibrant sea of color. Whether you're looking to create a gathering of plants or just want to add a pop of color to your garden, the Busy Lizzy has got you covered. The Busy Lizzy is a great choice for a variety of landscape locations. It can thrive in beachfront areas, planters, hanging plant containers, porches, swimming areas, confined spaces, and even along sidewalks. Wherever you decide to plant it, the Busy Lizzy is sure to bring a burst of life and color.