Balsam (Impatiens balsamina)

Common names:
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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
Purple
Red
White
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Summer
Late summer or early fall
Uses: Medicinal Herb
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Butterflies
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

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The January Not-A-Raffle-Raffle:  The Behemoth Collection of Vegetable and Annual SeedsThe January Not-A-Raffle-Raffle: The Behemoth Collection of Vegetable and Annual Seeds
January 14, 2013

For this month's raffle, in honor of Veggies and Annuals week, Chelle has shocked and thrilled us by putting forward the largest collection of seeds I've ever imagined.

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Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5bDate: 2012-07-10
By chelle
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Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5bDate: 2012-05-26
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Location: ILDate: 2009-08-08
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Location: Athol, MADate: 2017-08-06Before blooming
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Location: Cincinnati, OhDate: July 2009Balsam, a prolific reseeder for shade
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Location: In my zone 8 gardenDate: 2013-10-05
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Location: In my zone 8 gardenDate: 2013-10-05
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Location: Fountain, FloridaDate: 2014-06-26
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Location: Mysore, India
By Dinu
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Location: Athol, MADate: 2017-09-09
By joannakat
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Location: My Cincinnati Ohio gardenDate: May 17, 2012Spring emergence of balsam volunteers, varying number of true lea
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Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5bDate: 2012-07-29
By chelle
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Location: my garden zone 7b NC, USADate: 2013-08-21
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 Photo Courtesy of Select Seeds. Used with permission.
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Location: Mysore, India
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Location: Fountain, FloridaDate: 2015-07-04
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Location: ILDate: 2014-08-09
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Location: Athol, MADate: 2016-10-26Impatiens balsamina seeds and seed pods.
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Location: In my garden, Falls Church, VADate: 2017-06-21Self sowed
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Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5bDate: 2012-06-19
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Location: Fountain, FloridaDate: 2013-08-05
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Location: Fountain, FloridaDate: 2013-08-05
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Location: Fountain, FloridaDate: 2013-08-05
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Location: Fountain, FloridaDate: 2013-08-05
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Location: Fountain, FloridaDate: 2013-08-05
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Posted by tabbycat (Youngsville, LA - Zone 9b) on Jun 18, 2018 4:23 PM

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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Posted by sallyg (central Maryland) on Dec 13, 2018 10:13 PM

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.

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Short, delicate and not labeled by SummerStorm93 Jun 24, 2019 7:24 AM 3
Plant from India by wat18 Oct 30, 2018 4:12 PM 6
What are these flowers? by Tunia2u Sep 14, 2018 2:36 PM 4
ID Help please by mnmat Aug 17, 2018 5:29 PM 4
What is this?? by Three_03 Aug 12, 2018 6:37 AM 2
perennial impatiens by marieandrade May 11, 2018 10:50 AM 3
Plant ID by carlysuko Nov 18, 2017 9:46 PM 6
Help! Balsam Leaves Withering and Flowers Dropping (Impatiens balsamina) by hueylewis80 Oct 1, 2017 6:14 PM 1
Need help IDing this pretty plant by hueylewis80 Oct 2, 2017 5:47 AM 12
Does powdery mildew affect seeds? by joannakat Sep 23, 2017 2:41 PM 0

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