Impatiens balfourii

Impatiens balfourii belongs to the Balsaminaceae family of plants. It is also called Balfour’s Touch-Me-Not, Poor Man’s Orchid or Kashmir Balsam. Impatiens balfourii is a half-hardy perennial with pink and white flowers. The flowers appear from early summer to autumn. The flowers are hermaphrodite and pollinated by insects or small birds such as hummingbirds. It is native to Himalayas and Kashmir. The stems are glabrous and reddish. It has toothed leaves that are alternately arranged.

Plant Impatiens balfourii in the sun or partial shade, in loamy, moist soil but well-drained. It grows to about 3ft or 90cm. Impatiens balfourii is a self-seeding plant! The name impatient is actually due to its seed pods that burst with seeds jumping out sometimes as far as 6m or 20ft.

Impatiens balfourii
Impatiens balfourii

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