Sunday, August 02, 2009

Congo Cockatoo


Congo Cockatoo
Impatiens niamniamensis
(im-PAY-shuns) (nee-um-nee-um-EN-sis)
Synonyms: Parrot Plant

This is certainly an unusual plant. My friend is growing this in his garden and while it is a tall and lanky plant it has been blooming all summer. I hadn’t seen it before so I decided to look up some information on the species.

Impatiens niamniamensis is a frost tender flower from East Africa. It easily grows to 3 feet tall and requires a lot of water and full shade. It also can be grown indoors for the winter but can get spider mite infestations. There is some color variation both in the age of the flower and among specimens. It is easy to grow from seed or cuttings.

Here are a couple of Daylilies that I spotted on my appointments yesterday. The first is one that we planted this year. It is called ‘North Port’ and out of the 15 or so varieties that we were able to get wholesale this season, this one was the best. The color combination is really nice. It grows kind of short which is also good. The second flower was an unusual dusty kind of orange and it was attractive but in a different way than the ‘North Port’. Each of the two farms we garden for have nice Daylily collections.



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11 comments:

i beati said...

jaw dropping those first 2

Tammie Lee said...

Each of these is so beautiful!

Spirithelpers

RuneE said...

At first I thought you had shot some kind of parrot - but then I found that it was an amazingly beautiful flower.

PS Thank you for the comment - always nice to knoe :-)

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

DFP: Thanks for your neat flower photos, they are special. Also thanks for the ID.

Denise said...

Wonderful photos. The first flower I have never seen before either, so thank you for introducing me to it. It's a fascinating little bloom. Thank you very much for sharing.

Pat - Arkansas said...

I do so admire your photos! The Congo Cockatoo is very unusual, and a very beautiful flower. I'm a sucker for day lilies, though. I have one that looks very much like North Port, but I didn't know its name. The orange one has a stunning color.

Thanks for sharing your photos.

SandyCarlson said...

Really beautiful lilies. The African flower is amazing for color and shape.

Marju said...

Absolutely beautiful flowers!

Carletta said...

At first glance I thought the first one was some kind of garden pepper. It's beautifully unique!
Love the closeup of stamens.

Regina said...

How pretty.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

That is the most unusual Begonia Chris. Do you know where they are from? That spiral effect is lovely. My second favorite flowers are Dalhia's and I always have them in my garden. Especially the ones with the spider petals as we call them here. This Congo flower is most unusual too. I love seeing these plants from around the world.

Thanks for visiting my blog yesterday, I was unfortunately out for most of yesterday so am only getting to answer comments now.