Flowering Vine Question - Knowledgebase Question

Concord, CA
Question by bmbailey
July 5, 1999
I took some seeds from a vine-like plant from a friends house this weekend and she said it is a form of the impatiens flower. I am not certain. The flowers are pink and white/tubular and the entire plant gets seed-pods on it that pop when touched and the seeds spill out. The pods also spiral when they are poped. Any idea what kind of flower this is?

Answer from NGA
July 5, 1999


It is a form of impatiens, commonly called Touch-Me-Not, for obvious reasons. The botanical name is Impatiens oliveri, and it's a shrubby perennial growing 4'-8' tall and up to 10' wide. The glossy green leaves grow in whorls along the stems and the pinkish flowers can grow to 2 1/4" across.

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