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29th September 2006

A strong growing species, coming up to about four feet, with giant white flowers perched on the top. A fairly short season, but spectacular on its day. Dies back in winter to a knobbly lump that is part tuber, part stump.

28th July 2007

An African species from Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Malawi. In Ethiopica the tuberous roots are used to produce a red dye.

20th July 2008

17th July 2017

20th November 2021

A last fling from the summer befeore winter winds destroyed the top growth the following week.


  • Morgan, Raymond J, Impatiens, Timber Press, 2007.
  • John Grimshaw's Garden Diary 1st December 2009, https://johngrimshawsgardendiary.blogspot.com