Name of Plant: Impatiens
Type of Plant: Beautiful/Useful!
1) Plant History & General Information:
a) Scientific & Other Names: Impatiens wallerana; Balsamine; “touch-me-not”
b) Region of Origin: Tropical Africa
c) General History: In the 19th and 20th centuries, humans transported the orange jewelweed to England, France, the Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, Finland, and potentially other areas of Northern and Central Europe. The scientific name Impatiens and the common name “touch-me-not” refer to the explosive dehiscence of the seed capsules. The mature capsules burst, sending seeds up to several meters away.
2) Plant Uses:
a) As Food: /
b) As Medicine: North American impatiens have been used as herbal remedies for the treatment of bee stings, insect bites, and stinging nettle rashes. They are also used after poison ivy contact to prevent a rash from developing.
c) Other Uses: Dominant bedding plants in North America, especially in shaded areas. They are also used in container gardens, ranging from hanging baskets to window boxes.
3) Growing Instructions
a) Growing: /
b) Best time to Harvest: /
c) Sunlight Requirements: Full Shade, Partial Shade, Full Sunlight
d) Soil Requirements:
e) Propagation: Cutting, Division, Grafting, Seed, Separating
- Choose a non-flowering stem with at least two leaf nodes and make a cut just below a node from 3 to 6 inches in length
- Place cutting in lose composted soil, tamp lightly
- Water thoroughly
f) Controlling Spread: /
g) Difficulties with this plant: /
h) History of this Plant at Hedonisia: /
i) Location on Property: Garden P