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Impatiens Balsamina

Genus: Impatiens.

Species: Impatiens balsamina.

Common name: Garden Balsam
Botanic name: Impatiens Balsamina
Family: Balsaminaceae

Impatiens balsamina or Garden Balsam is an annual native from China to India. The plants are freely branching and will reach up to 2.5 feet (75 cm) tall with an equal spread.

Alternate leaves are up to 6 inches (15 cm) long and narrowly to broadly lanceolate, with deeply serrate edges.

The plants bloom with 1-2 inch (1.5-5 cm) axillary flowers on short pedicels overtopped by leafy shoots. Flowers have a spotted spur of variable length.

Impatiens balsamina need full sun to partial shade, with a rich moist soil mix.

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