Balsam, Touch-Me-Not
Impatiens balsamina 'Camellia Blackberry Trifle'

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

Category:

Annuals

Height:

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Hardiness:

Unknown - Tell us

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Purple

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Blooms repeatedly

Foliage:

Deciduous

Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Regional

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

Coralville, Iowa

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts

Pontotoc, Mississippi

Port Norris, New Jersey

Alexandria, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:

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On Oct 17, 2007, djk61 from Coralville, IA wrote:

This is a very low care plant that grows vigorously. I bought a 3 pack of small plants this past spring never having grown it before. All the plants grew well with little care. It is not the most showy plant as flowers can be somewhat obscured by the foliage, but it is very easy to grow. I found out this fall it is very prolific at self-sowing itself. So I have potted up a few and will see how they do inside this winter. I'm pretty sure I wont need to buy any more plants of this in the spring as I expect I will have plenty of volunteers coming up all over the place. At least the plants are not hard to pull up or transplant. I have seen a few butterflies attracted to it on occasion. - David