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. It is native to the Himalayas and Kashmir.
Impatiens balfourii stems are glabrous and reddish. It has toothed leaves that are alternately arranged. It has pink and white flowers. It flowers from early summer to autumn. The flowers are hermaphrodite. They are pollinated by insects or small birds such as hummingbirds.
Grow Impatiens balfourii in the sun or partial shade. Plant it in loamy, moist soil that is 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. They burst with seeds, jumping out, sometimes jumping as far as 6m or 20ft.
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