Bursting Seed Pods - Knowledgebase Question

Bakersfield, CA
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Question by WaturWalks
February 10, 2000
I'm looking for a flowering plant for my garden that has a small seed pod that "bursts" when touched. My departed grandmother loved her flowers and had them in her garden when I was a little girl. I would love to share them with my children and grandchildren. I remember being fasinated with this plant. Somewhere I read about a plant that acts like the one I'm looking for. Could the "Bladder Seinna" be what I'm looking for? Please help!

Answer from NGA
February 10, 2000
The plant you describe sounds like Touch-Me-Not which is a common name for Impatiens balsamina, an old-fashioned plant, also known as garden balsam. It's perennialin mild-winter regions, and it self-seeds readily. Burpee offers seeds for it in the Heirloom Catalog. You may order a catalog at the website http://www.burpee.com/ or call 1-800-888-1447 to verify current availability.

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