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Orange Balsam

Impatiens capensis

Plant Data

Order:
Ericales
Family:
Balsaminaceae (Balsam)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Orange with many blood-red spots.
Fruit:
Oblong capsules which later become explosive when touched. When the capsules explode, the many seeds within them are scattered and the plant can soon become invasive and out of control.
Leaves:
Alternate, ovate and stalked. The margins of the leaves are toothed but the teeth are well spaced apart.
Maximum Size:
70cm tall.
Other Names:
Common Jewelweed, Lady's Earrings, Orange Jewelweed, Spotted Jewelweed, Spotted Touch-me-not, Wild Touch-me-not.
Habitats:
Riverbanks.