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Impatiens balsamina and cvs. (Rose-balsam, Touch-me-not)

Impatiens balsamina and cvs. Photo/Illustration: Jennifer Benner

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Botanical Name: Impatiens balsamina and cvs. im-PAY-shenz ball-SAM-in-ah Common Name: Rose-balsam, Touch-me-not Genus: Impatiens
This plant has a sparsely branched form and narrow lance-shaped, pale green leaves. Cup-shaped hooded flowers 1-2 inches across, either singly or in clusters, are followed by explosive seed capsules. A variety of colors are available, including rose, lilac, and creamy yellow.
Care: Does best in partial shade and moist, well-draining loam. Add composted organic matter to the soil for optimal performance. Shelter from wind. Impatiens balsamina is free-flowering and grows well in shade.
Propagation: Sow seed in early spring.
Problems: Spider mites, flower thrips, root knot nematode, whiteflies, and aphids, especially under glass. Caterpillars outdoors. Gray mold, impatiens necrotic spot virus, fungal leaf spots, Rhizoctonia stem rot, Pseudomonas leaf spot, and Verticillium wilt.
Height 1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread 1 ft. to 3 ft.
Light Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture Medium Moisture
Characteristics Self Seeds; Showy Flowers
Bloom Time Fall; Spring; Summer
Flower Color Pink Flower; Purple/ Lavender Flower; Red Flower; White Flower
Uses Beds and Borders, Container, Indoor Plant
Seasonal Interest Summer Interest, Fall Interest
Type Annuals

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