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Impatiens

Impatiens
Category
Flowers
Plant Type
Annual
Binomial Name
Impatiens
Light
Shade to Partial Sun

Common names include impatiens, jewelweeds, and, somewhat ambiguously, "balsams" and "touch-me-nots".

The names Impatiens and Touch-Me-Not refer to the seed pods' explosive and abrupt opening of the fruit when touched. I. capensis, commonly known as Jewelweed, is a folk remedy for poison ivy, but there is no scientific proof of its effectiveness.

Some species are annual plants and produce flowers from early summer until the first frost, while perennial species, found in milder climates, can flower all year.

Plant Variations
Red Impatiens