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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?

Looks like it was ID'd as Impatiens balsamina on another forum. Have you tweaked a seed pod yet, to experience the "explosion?"


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RE: can someone name this flower for me?

  • Posted by steiconi 12b-Big Island, Hawa (My Page) on
    Mon, Jan 14, 13 at 13:50

how big is it? The flowers? The plant? That helps a lot in IDing, as does a picture of the entire plant so its growth form can be seen.


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RE: can someone name this flower for me?

BlueMoonRose - once you've posted on Name That Plant it isn't really necessary to repost elsewhere. NTP will usually get you an id.


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RE: can someone name this flower for me?

BlueMoonRose - once you've posted on Name That Plant it isn't really necessary to repost elsewhere. NTP will usually get you an id.


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RE: can someone name this flower for me?

I grow this annual flower. It is called 'Balsam' and belongs to the Impatiens family. It is very easy to grow from seeds and once you get them started, they self seed to produce more. But the interesting fact is that they tend to cross-pollinate to form new colors the next year.


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