Soprano White Bedding Impatiens (Impatiens walleriana 'Soprano White')
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Annual (usually grown as an annual near you) in the Balsaminaceae Family

About Common Impatiens

Often simply called Common Impatiens, or, our favorite, "Busy Lizzy," (how cute is that!) Impatiens walleriana is one of the most grown annuals in the world.  This "mounding" (read: well-behaved, full and lush) annual thrives in hanging baskets, pots, or in the ground along walkways and borders.  Its true allure lies in its light requirements: this plant is one of very few shade-tolerators who offers up dense, spectacular, vibrant, long-lasting carpets of blooms from spring to early fall.

Because of that, it's a popular annual bedding plant with a wide variety of colors and does best in part shade to full shade. This plant tolerates full sun, but is a water guzzler and tends to look wilted when heat loads are high and water is less plentiful. Over watering, however, can cause rot. Flowers may be bicolored or double. This plant has low drought tolerance and is hardy in zones 10-11. This plant performs best when soil is moist, well-drained, and supplemented with organic material. 

Impatiens walleriana is a species of the genus Impatiens, native to eastern Africa from Kenya to Mozambique.  The Latin specific epithet walleriana honors a British missionary, Horace Waller.


  • Thrive in shade
  • Season-long blooms
  • Well-behaved, mounding growth
  • Wide range of colors available



This plant is probably not winter-hardy outdoors where you live.

Plant Data

Mature Size 10 - 15 inches tall. 12 - 14 inches wide.
Sun Exposure Partial Shade - Full Shade
Moisture Tolerance Medium
Zones 10a - 11b (Usually hardy to 30° F)
Tags Annual, Annual in Chicago, Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Pollinators, Attracts Wildlife, Extended Bloom Time, Filler, Full Shade, Good for Beginners, Low Maintenance, Medium, Partial Shade, Rabbit Resistant, Shade Tolerant, Showy Flowers
Bloom Period June to frost
Flower Color White

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