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Impatiens balsamina 'Camellia Flowered Mix'

Family: Balsaminaceae
Genus: Impatiens (im-PAY-shuns) (Info)
Species: balsamina (bal-SAM-in-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Camellia Flowered Mix

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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive DonShirer On Apr 30, 2013, DonShirer from Westbrook, CT (Zone 6a) wrote:

I was surprised to find that the flowers are borne on the sides of the stalk, not on the top. Nevertheless, very easy to grow from seed starting 2 months before last frost. Flowers only lasted 2 months for me, so this year I'm starting a second batch to replace them.

Positive puertorico On Jul 27, 2011, puertorico from Raleigh, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

I've had these self seeding in my garden for years and they are very well behaved here in North Carolina. I love them, they have flowers all summer and are lovely, they grow well in my part shade or full sun. They haven't spread much at all. they pretty much stay in their area and are really easy to pull should a plant or two wander. Super easy, no deadheading needed.

Positive wendymadre On May 17, 2010, wendymadre from Petersburg, VA wrote:

Got a packet of seeds from the store last year. This year, in my Zone 7a garden, in Petersburg, Virginia, I have seedlings. They are colorful and I like them, although another website says that in England they are considered invasive weeds. It also says that they are edible as well (perhaps if those who spend their time pulling them out were to acquire a taste for them, they wouldn't mind their vigor). The ripe seed pods do explode and scatter the seeds all over. Kind of fun, but perhaps I will discover why the Brits deplore them (or start munching on them). I will try pinching them back to make them fuller, as was recommended by that other garden site.

Positive rebecca101 On Sep 26, 2007, rebecca101 from Madison, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:

Loved this plant - it bloomed from early July to the end of September in zone 5. Shade tolerant - grew under a tree for me where not much else grows. The plant overall has a lovely habit, and the flowers are beautiful and have a wonderful sweet rose smell.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Woodland, Alabama
Calistoga, California
Oak View, California
San Jose, California
Westbrook, Connecticut
Bayville, New Jersey
Raleigh, North Carolina
Jamestown, Ohio
Lima, Ohio
Dallas, Texas
Houston, Texas
Alexandria, Virginia
Madison, Wisconsin

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