The Q&A Archives: Source for "Touch Me Not" (Impatiens Balsamina)

Question: I am trying to track down a plant I remember from my younger days. Have you heard of a plant called "Touch-me-not"? It had seed pods that when ripe would burst when touched. David Anthony Calhoun, GA

Answer: A common name for impatiens balsamina is "Touch me not". It probably refers to these old fashioned varieties that would "throw" their seeds when touched. Burpee's heirloom catalog offers this plant. Call 1-800-888-1447 to order some seeds.

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