Impatiens balsamina L.

Impatiens balsamina plant

Family - Balsaminaceae

Stems - No info. yet.

Impatiens balsamina stem

Leaves - No info. yet.

Impatiens balsamina leaf

Inflorescence - No info. yet.

Flowers - No info. yet.

Impatiens balsamina flowerFlower - front view.

Impatiens balsamina flowerFlower - side view.

Flowering - July - September.

Habitat - Cultivated an escaped to moist waste ground, persistent around old homesites.

Origin - Native to Asia.

Other info. - This striking species is rare in the wilds of Missouri. It has only been reported growing wild in one location from Dunklin County. The plant can flowers of various colors (depending on cultivar).
The stems of this plant are subsucculent and the mucilage has been used medicinally to treat a variety of ailments ranging from burns to constipation.

Photographs taken in Vale, NC., 8-23-03.