The Q&A Archives: Himalayan Impatiens

Question: Hello. I am currently copyediting a guidebook to public gardens for National Geographic. While right now I am online trying to determine if there is such a thing as a "Himalyan impatien," I would be most interested to know if you could recommend a comprehensive online list of plants, preferably one that uses common names but could lead me to Latin names as well. Any advice is greatly appreciated!

Answer: In The New York Botanical Garden Illustrated Encyclopedia of Horticulture, I found reference to an annual impatiens called Impatiens glandulifera (syn. I. roylei) that is described as native to the Himalayas, and naturalized in North America as far northas Canada. <br><br>Another impatiens native to the Himalayas is I. balfouri. Neither of these had a common name listed.<br><br>As far as web sites: try<br>This site is described as having a plant encyclopedia with over 1500 plants. (I haven't checked it out yet.) There's another one called USDA Plants Project at that is supposed to have a database and photo gallery of standardized information about plants found in the US. I visited it once and didn't have much luck finding what I wanted.<br><br>You might also try, listed as having 1500 links to gardening sites.<br><br>I hope this is helpful.

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