Balsam, Touch-Me-Not
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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Category:

Annuals

Foliage Color:

Chartreuse/Yellow

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Hardiness:

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Pink

Red

Coral/Apricot

Orange

Red-Orange

Purple

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Smooth-Textured

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Seed Collecting:

Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Regional

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

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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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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

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

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

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

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.