Petticoat Purple New Guinea Impatiens (Impatiens hawkeri 'Petticoat Purple')
im-PAY-shenz HAWK-er-eye 'Petticoat Purple'

Deciduous Perennial (usually grown as an annual near you) in the Balsaminaceae Family

About New Guinea Impatiens

Commonly known as “New Guinea Impatiens,” Impatiens hawkeri are quite similar to Common Impatiens, with a plot twist: they can be grown in full sun. Their blooms are also slightly larger than their cousins’, which makes for some awkward Impatiens Family dinner conversation.


These annuals will flower all season long, come in a huge range of colors, and don’t need to be deadheaded. They do best in well-drained, consistently moist soil, so be sure to water a few times a week, especially during hotter weather.


  • Can be grown in sun or 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 18 - 48 inches tall. 18 - 36 inches wide.
Sun Exposure Partial Shade - Partial Shade
Moisture Tolerance Medium
Zones 10a - 12b (Usually hardy to 30° F)
Tags Annual in Chicago, Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Pollinators, Attracts Wildlife, Deciduous, Extended Bloom Time, Filler, Good for Beginners, Low Maintenance, Medium, Medium, Partial Shade, Partial Shade, Perennial, Rabbit Resistant, Shade Tolerant, Showy Flowers
Bloom Period Flowers freely

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Spring annuals and tender perennials are typically grown in Greenhouses so they can be ready and luxurious exactly when customers want them. Some perennials are also “forced” into early bloom in greenhouses. In May, there can be a very big difference between field-grown and greenhouse-grown plants of the same type. The latter typically look good right away (so they’re a great choice where that’s important), but we typically pay a premium for it.

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