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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 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 Name That Plant. Impatiens balsamina.

RE: can someone name this flower for me?

We called them Touch-me-nots because the ripe pods will burst when you gently squeeze them, shooting the seeds in all directions. The pod has ribs that tighten like springs as the pod matures. They're held together precariously by all the ribs contracting against each other, but when that balance is thrown off by a squeeze cracking one of the seams, the ribs snap into a roll, and the seeds go flying.

There is a nice range of colors available: purple, like yours, red-orange, coral, pink, lavender and white. Some long-time growers have found white-spotted blooms and isolated them, so they now have seeds that fairly reliably produce spotted flowers. You can find those seeds occasionally on ebay.

There is also a beautiful "camelia-flowered" version with double blooms. It's often easier to find seeds for those than for the old-fashioned, single-flowered ones.

In any case, they are a true heirloom. I collect my seeds every year (though they have that special way to reseed themselves widely in the garden) and cherish them because I grew up with them in my mother's garden, and hers were from my grandmother (who was born in 1889), and I guess it's possible that hers came down to her through family.

Also, I agree with the previous poster. The proper name is Impatiens balsamina, and they are annuals.


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