General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Annual
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Wet Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Plant Height: 18 to 24 inches
Plant Spread: 18 to 24 inches
Fruit: Dehiscent
Pops open explosively when ripe
Fruiting Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Bi-Color: Red mottled with white
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Houseplant
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Provide light
Days to germinate: 5-14
Depth to plant seed: 1/4 inch
Start indoors
Pollinators: Self
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil

Common names
  • Balsam

Photo Gallery
Location: My garden
Date: 4000-06-22
Location: Zone 9 south central Louisiana
Date: 2021-04-23
1st flower  1 1/2" cut for photo from plant from seeds sown 2021
Location: Caribou Maine
Date: July 2018
Location: Caribou Maine
Date: July 2018
Location: Caribou Maine
Date: July 2018

 Photo Courtesy of Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. Used with permissi
  • Uploaded by Joy

Photo courtesy of Select Seeds
  • Uploaded by Joy

Photo Courtesy of Select Seeds. Used with permission.
  • Uploaded by Joy
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