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can someone name this flower for me?

Posted by BlueMoonRose none (My Page) on
Sun, Jan 13, 13 at 22:00

I would like to know what the plant in the picture is please. I dug it up nearby (zone 8b) and would like to know more about it

http://i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc273/rawrosy/themysteryflower_zps6fce2612.jpg for those who cannot see the attached image

it seems to be be able to survive heat, temperature that drop to about the 40s, shade, sunlight, and drought. It has a small root system. It also survives transplanting well. This one isn't vigorous, but I'm not sure if that is a species thing, or because it has had to endure so much already.
The flower has a horn-type apendage behind it and is connected to the rest of the plant by a way I didn't very well capture in the image. The way is not by the horn structure.
The plant was originally found in a shady, dry and somewhat sandy area that was mostly protected from wind. I moved it into my greenhouse where it was kept in moist, dark soil (it may or may not be very rich) and tempertures that fluxuated between 90 and 40 degrees (seasons change)
I'm sorry if i missed any important details.


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RE: can someone name this flower for me?

Answered on several other forums. Impatiens balsamina. Not an American native.


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RE: can someone name this flower for me?

def. balsam impatients.


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RE: can someone name this flower for me?

the seed pods are great fun. They start green, football shaped. They start to dry out and turn a little yellow. If you gently squeeze one they spring open and seeds fly everywhere (or you catch in your hand). Save the seeds in an envelope and you have many to grow the next year. Should reseed itself, but I always save some. In my neck of the woods they're called Balsams, but most call them impatiens.


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