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Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Annual
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Plant Height: 12-36 inches
Plant Spread: 12 inches
Fruit: Dehiscent
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Uses: Medicinal Herb
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Seeds: Sow in situ
Other info: Also called "Touch Me Not" as the seeds jump out, easily reseeds in place.
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Pollinators: Various insects

Common names
  • Balsam
  • Touch-Me-Not
  • Rose Balsam
  • Spotted Snapweed
  • Gulmehandi

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  • Posted by sallyg (central Maryland - Zone 7b) on Dec 13, 2018 10:13 PM concerning plant:
    This is an easy flowering annual with unusual pods. The ripened seed pods turn yellowish and then pop open at a gentle squeeze and fling their seeds. Great fun for kids.
  • Posted by tabbycat (Youngsville, LA - Zone 9b) on Jun 18, 2018 4:23 PM concerning plant:
    My pretty rosy-pink volunteer plants that came up in April 2018 are 18 inches tall and in full bloom. They have spread through the flower bed all along a 6 foot wood fence that encloses my back yard. They are under tall ginger, the tall red and the white Star of Texas hibiscuses, climbing rose bushes, and even my cucumber vines I've trained up the fence. I love the accent they bring mixed in under tall plants.
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