A Colorful Charm in Your Garden

Say hello to the Impatiens walleriana, a vibrant and versatile plant that's also known by its fun and quirky names like Busy Lizzy, Patient-Lucy, and Sultan's Flower. This plant is a true gem, offering extended blooming periods and attracting a variety of beautiful creatures to your garden.

Impatiens walleriana

Shade To Partial Sun

Versatile for varying light, from low to moderate sun.

High Water Needs

Requires frequent watering but doesn't tolerate standing water. Needs regular attention.

Prefers Loamy or Sandy Soils

Best in loamy or sandy soils. Rocky soil may pose moderate challenges.

Neutral Soil pH Preference

Prefers a neutral pH, common in many soils.

Safe For Humans

No known toxic effects or skin irritation risks.

Safe for All Animals

No known safety risks to pets or livestock.


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About Impatiens walleriana

The Busy Lizzy is a non-woody perennial that stands about 1-2 feet tall and spreads equally wide. Its emerald leaves provide a lush backdrop for the flowers that come in a variety of hues including tangerine, salmon, lilac, garnet, and snowy white. The verdant fruits, although not the star of the show, add to the plant's overall charm.

Did you know that the Busy Lizzy is a favorite among lepidopterans and colorful hummingbirds? So, if you're a fan of these creatures, this plant is a must-have in your garden!

Also known as

Busy lizzy
Buzzy lizzy
Sultan's Balsam
Sultan's Flower
Zanzibar balsam

Our design recommendations

The Busy Lizzy is perfect for standout, edge, and base plantings. It's also great for extensive plantings and assemblies. Its vibrant colors and extended blooming period make it a striking addition to any garden design. This plant is incredibly versatile when it comes to landscape locations. It thrives in seaside settings, urns, suspended planters, and even indoors. It's also a great choice for decks, waterfronts, confined spaces, aisles, and brushwood areas.