What is impatiens balsamina?


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Impatiens balsamina, also known as garden balsam, rose balsam and touch-me-not, is a species of impatiens flowers. They are native to South Asia. It is a true annual that grows well in U.S. Department of Agriculture zones 2 through 11. The flowers appear as pink, purple, red or white.

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Impatiens balsamina requires rich, moist soil, and it must be pinched back as it grows. It is often grown in containers and used as an edging plant along walkways or in garden borders, but it can become invasive in tropical climates. Parts of the plant are used as traditional remedies for maladies, such as warts, snakebite, burns, rheumatism, constipation and gastritis.

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