Impatiens Balsamina commonly known as Balsam, garden balsam, rose balsam, touch-me-not or spotted snapweed, is a species native to India and Myanmar. They are difficult to collect in quantity, mainly because of their exploding seed capsules which scatter the ripe seed at the slightest touch. The juice of this flowers is used to treat snakebites. Large quantities when eaten raw accumulate calcium oxalate. Produces an orange stain when you break stem/flowers.
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Scientific Name: Impatiens Balsamina
Common Name: Balsam – Bush mix
Plant Type: Annual
Native Range: East Asia, China, India
Habitats: Waste places in and around villages
Height: 24 "
Spread: 20 "
Exposure: Semi-shade or no shade
Blooming Season: Early Fall, Early Summer, Mid-Summer, Late Summer
Attracts: Humming Birds
Flower Shape: Cup shaped flowers
Flower Color: Pink, Lavender, Purple, Red, Yellow
Moisture: Moist soil
Water Requirement: Supplemental watering at least once a week in the dry months
Soil Type: Grow in heavy clay soil, light sandy and medium loamy
Soil pH: 6.1 and 7.5
Uses: Flower juice to treat snakebites, possess marked antibiotic activity against some bacteria