9 Flowers That Look Like Impatiens

Impatiens had a time when they were common in most American gardens. They were beautiful, colorful, affordable, and easy to plant and maintain. Unfortunately, in 2012, Impatiens across the country started to wilt and die in large masses. The reason was a fungal infection called Downy Mildews that didn’t only kill the impatiens but lingered in the soil and infected other plants.

To prevent this from happening again, people started to seek alternatives. Still, they didn’t want to lose the esthetic beauty of Impatiens. So, everyone is now searching for flowers that look like impatiens. Today, we have nine of those flowers that you can read about and choose from.

Let’s begin with some good news. A few of our flowers are much more tolerant to the sun than Impatiens. So, you won’t only get a fungus-free alternative to impatiens, but you’ll also get one that can resist the sun more!

1.   Miniature Roses

Roses and Miniature Roses are the same plants. However, miniature roses are selectively bred to stay much smaller than your average roses.

Ordinary Roses hardly resemble Impatiens. On the other hand, the new type of hybrid (Guinea) Impatiens looks reasonably similar to miniature roses.

Unlike standard Impatiens, Guinea Impatiens have double petals that make them somewhat similar in appearance to miniature roses.

Ordinary roses are pretty larger and have bigger petals than Impatiens. That’s why it’s hard for them to look like Impatiens. The more miniature roses and the hybrid Impatiens look pretty similar, though.

Fun fact: Because miniature roses are hardly an inch wide even when fully bloomed, they have earned themselves the nickname ‘teacup roses.’

2.   Petunias

Petunias in a garden

Petunias are originally from South America and belong to the Nightshade family. Unfortunately, many plants of the nightshade family are poisonous. Luckily, Petunias decided not to join the poison hierarchy and be safe for everyone.

Just like Impatiens, Petunias are popular bedding plants. A bedding plant is one that you display in a panting bed or a pot when it’s about to bloom. The point is to put its beauty on display.

Petunias also have a similar appearance and color spectrum to Impatiens. For example, both of them could be white, purple, red, or pink.

One notable difference between Petunias and Impatiens is the sun requirements. Despite their Nightshade family name, Petunias actually prefer the full sun treatment.

Impatiens, on the other hand, prefer minimum indirect sun. A direct or full sun treatment would wilt their petals or even burn them if the temperature is too high.

Also Check: 10 Flowers That Look Like Peonies

3.   Geraniums

If you’re unfamiliar with the differences between Geraniums, Petunias, and Impatiens, you may think they are the same flower. That happens a lot, especially if the flower is of the same color.

You can distinguish Geraniums from Petunias if you notice the curvatures of the petals. The petals are more curved in Geraniums, which makes them resemble the Impatiens a bit more than the Petunias do.

To distinguish Geraniums from Impatiens, you should look for the space between the petals. Impatiens barely have any room there, while Geraniums’ petals tend to be slightly distant from each other.

Additionally, Geraniums need around four hours of direct sunlight every day, which could be damaging to the delicate Impatiens’ petals.

4.   SunPatiens

Hand touching Sunpatiens

At first, we were hesitant to include Sunpatiens in our list. They’re some sort of hybrid, but they’re still somewhat related to Impatiens.

However, they’re not Impatiens hybrids. Do you remember the New Guinea Impatiens that we mentioned in the beginning? Sunpatiens are actually a hybrid with those.

So, we can say that Sunpatiens are the distant cousins of Impatiens, and while they resemble appearance, they have slightly different traits.

Sunpatiens are larger than your average bedding Impatient. As a result, they can tolerate more sun than Impatiens. Still, don’t give them the full sun treatment. Otherwise, their petals would wilt.

Sunpatients come in a variety of colors that all share the same spectrum. You have 18 color variations which include: red, orange, pink, magenta, coral, rose, and white.

Fun Fact: Sunpatiens family has three different series; the compact series, the vigorous series, and the spreading series. If you want the closest possible appearance to Impatiens, go for the spreading series. 

Look at this mini-handbook if you want to know more about the Sunpatiens family series.

5.   Wax Begonia

Wax Begonias are another beautiful flowers that resemble Impatiens. They’re native to tropical regions of South America, and they bloom between summer and fall.

Wax Begonias have four petals, two of which are smaller than the other two. If all the four petals were the same size, it’d have been difficult to distinguish between Wax Begonias and Impatiens.

Much like the impatiens, Wax Begonias’ petals can be white, pink, or red. Additionally, they share the Impatiens’ preference for shade. They also have durable, waxy flowers, which earned them the ‘wax’ part in the nickname.

Wax Begonias aren’t endangered and are easy to obtain, grow, and maintain. However, you should be aware if you plan to plant them indoors. Wax Begonias are poisonous.

This may not sound like a problem for well-aware humans, but pets, especially cats, may be tempted to nibble on the colorful petals. These Begonias contain a toxin that induces the kidney to produce stones, which could adversely affect your furry friend.

6.   Dragon Wing Begonia

Dragon Wing Begonias

Dragon Wing Begonias are similar in appearance to Wax Begonias, but they’re considerably bigger. Wax begonias are hardly one or two inches wide, whereas Dragon Wing Begonias can grow up to four inches wide.

If you want to use Dragon Wing Begonias for display, you’ll need fewer seeds as the flowers are bigger. We want to say that they would save you some money, but the Dragon seeds are a bit pricey, which makes up the difference.

Dragon Wing Begonias may be bigger than Wax Begonias, but they still have the ‘two big petals two small petals’ appearance.

Unfortunately, they also retain their pet toxicity. In general, all begonias are toxic to cats and dogs. If your pet eats them, they will cause burning and mouth irritation.

On ingesting large amounts, Begonias may cause vomiting and drooling. You should have your pet checked by a vet if that happens.

7.   Browallia

Also known as the ‘Bush Violets,’ Browallias are some of the most beautiful flowers your eyes would see.

Unlike our Begonias’ four petals, Browallias have five curved petals that meet in a white center. It’s still easy to distinguish Browallias from Impatiens because of the petal appearance. Impatiens’ petals are somewhat fused together all the way, while Brwallias’ petals are only fused halfway.

Additionally, Impatiens can come in a variety of colors, unlike Browallias, which are restricted to violet and blue.

Browallias are relatively more affordable than most plants on our list and can easily make your garden smile for a reasonable price, especially if they’re the trailing type.

8.   Nierembergia

Nierembergia flowers in a feild

Nierembergia, or the (cup flower), is one of the underrated annual flowering plants. Appearance-wise, Nierembergia is the most impatiens-resembling flower on our list.

It has the same upright position, the same petal shape, curvature, and fuse lines. Additionally, they grow to roughly the same size, which is one or two inches wide.

The upright or ‘upward’ position of the flowers is what earned them the nickname ‘cup flowers.’ The flowers are coarse, tightly packed, and can give a beautiful appearance of a colorful carpet made of cups!

If you want your Nierembergias to resemble Impatiens as much as possible, go for the Lara Series, specifically the Lara White and Lara Blue.

Both flowers look exactly the same but in different colors. Keep in mind that Lara Blues aren’t actually blue. They just have a bluish hue on their violet color. Both Laras have a yellow center, though.

9.   Ivy Geranium

If you mix roses and red impatiens while taking out some petals, you get the Ivy Geranium. Much like impatiens, Ivy Geraniums have different shades like red, pink, white…etc.

However, there’s a slight difference in the appearance of the petals and another marked difference in the color distribution on the petals.

As you may know by now, Impatiens’ petals look fused together. That isn’t the case with Ivy Geraniums, where each petal is free on its own.

As for the color distribution, you have one of two scenarios. You’ll either have solid color all over the Ivy or have white accentuations that originate from the center until the end of the petal.

Either way, Ivy Geraniums are a suitable, non-toxic replacement for Impatiens.

Fun Fact: In 2006, Geraniums were voted the herb of the year. The leaves are used to make tea and cakes and are sometimes used as vegetables.

Read more: 19 Captivating Flowers That Grow in Dark (Night-Blooming Flowers)

Final Words

We hope that you enjoyed our list of flowers that look like Impatiens. We’ve carefully selected these flowers to resemble Impatiens’ color, form, and size as much as possible.

It’s challenging to have an alternative that looks like an exact copy. Otherwise, there would be no point in having different species of plants. Yet, we hope that one of the flowers above will be your garden’s next guest.