The Ultimate Automatic Flower

Balsam Impatiens (Impatiens balsamia)

They come in many different colors.

A delicate little flower.

Seed pods.

Sometimes they just can’t wait and germinate in the pod.

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Balsam Impatiens are easy to grow and in this zone 8 – 9 they flower in early Spring, reseed and flower again for Fall.  The seeds in this bed originally came from George Washington’s Mount Vernon where he grew them.  Balsam Impatiens are even grown in the garden of the Old North Church in Boston.  They are originally from Southern Asia, India and Myanmar.

The really fun thing about the Balsam Impatiens is their seed pods.  Sometimes these plants are called “Poppers” because with just a slight touch they pop open and throw their seeds out automatically refilling the bed!

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