Impatiens is a huge genus of about 1000 species of flowering plants in the family Balsaminaceae, native to northern hemisphere and tropic areas. They can be both annuals and perennials.
These shade-loving plants are very colorful and will bloom all season long. Their long-lasting blooms are rich, vibrant, very bright and are good for attracting hummingbirds. They are great in pots, window boxes, hanging baskets, borders and as ground covers.
The genus name comes from the Latin word “impatiens”, which means “impatient”, alluding to their seed pods which explode when they ripen and will sometimes burst open from even a light touch.
Impatiens represents motherly love.
Interesting facts about Impatiens
Benefits and Uses
Some species have medicinal value. They have anti-inflammatory and fungicide properties and are sometimes used as a herbal remedy for skin issues.
For example, Impatiens balsamina is used in poultices to treat wounds, skin diseases and torn nails.
Impatiens have been used for hair colouring and nail polishing, from ancient times till nowadays.
Impatiens Plant Data
These flowers are available in a variety of colors including blue, purple, orange, red, pink, white and yellow.
Spring, Autumn, Summer
They are short plants that usually don't grow larger than 30 cm (1 ft).
These plants prefer rich, moist and well drained soil, with a pH between 6.0 and 7.5.