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By Nariz

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Anyone know what this plant is, please? My Spanish neighbour gave it to me saying it was "Alegria Alta" (tall Busy Lizzie), but although the stem is very Busy Lizzie-like, the flower is more like the shape of a foxglove. Not like any Busy Lizzie I've ever seen. Anyone? ...... anyone? ..........?

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Have a look at Rose Balsum - Impatiens balsamina

4 Aug, 2012


Oh no, don't tell me that there is a garden plant related to the invasive Himalayan Balsam which I thought this was, if rather stunted.

4 Aug, 2012


Rose Balsam (Garden Balsam) is an annual, still spreads though as the seeds pop everywhere.

4 Aug, 2012


Oh .... that's what it is! Thanks Drc, I'll watch out for multiple seedlings next year!!! Think I'll keep it in the pot! ;o)

5 Aug, 2012


The seeds are quite fun Nariz as they shoot off if touched when ripe.

5 Aug, 2012


Yes, Drc, I always have fun with the 'ordinary' Busy Lizzie seeds! "Little things ..... etc" ;o)

5 Aug, 2012


My children when young use to love the way they popped.

5 Aug, 2012



6 Aug, 2012

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