CONGO COCKATIEL-does anyone know what it is?

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  1. HAZELJOHNSON

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    A plant ( sadly now deceased!) given to me by my grandma who calls it a 'congo cockatiel'. It's an exotic looking plant with dark green, oval sahped leaves and an interesting flower that is beaked shaped and red and yellow. I cant find it any books under this name, and would really like to find one!!
     
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    I think I know the one you mean but the name totally escapes me - I grew it once from seed just for those flame like flowers. Parrot something or something parrot. Large green sprawly leaves and then these fabulous flowers. Apologies for the memory failure but its stocked in most garden centre - pricey though cos it takes a time to flower.
     
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    I reckon you do mean the congo cockatiel or Impatiens niamniamensis.


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    Nathan.
     
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    Thanks Steve <vbg> but looks like Nathan and Mickegg may have got it. What an unusual looking plant.
     
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    Fran could you be talking about parrots bill. Clianthus puniceus?
     
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    Thank you Pete - that is exactly the one. Not very good at names sadly, <gg>
     
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    Cor that is summat else! :eek: wonder if I can get one.
     
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    pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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    You do occasionally see them for sale in nurseries, but I dont think they are widely available.
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    Thanks folks, Nathan & mickegg cetainly got it-it's a beauty isn't it? Now I've got to search for one - I have never seen it at a garden centre etc.
     
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    Hazel,

    After a quick search :-

    IMPATIENS NIAMNIAMENSIS `CONGO COCKATOO` �£4.75
    Flamboyant red and yellow claw-like flowers in summer. Prune back in spring and feed well during summer. Ht to 90cm. Sp. 30cm so will do well in a planter on itâ��s own. Prefers part shade. Min. 10�°C.


    Available from Shrubland Park Nurseries. It's in alphabetical order, you will eventually come down to what I copied above.


    Nathan.

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