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Planted at Mount Vernon


  • Upper Garden

  • Hardiness Zones


    This plant is ideally used in the front of the flower border and is prone to reseeding. It was a common garden plant in the 18th century.

    Latin Name

    Impatiens balsamina


    Family

    Balsaminaceae


    Also Known As

    Touch-Me-Not


    Type of Plant

    Annual

    Bloom Season

    June - September


    Seasons

    Summer

    Specifications

    Max Height: 2.5'
    Max Spread: 1.5'

    Uses

  • Annual
  • Flower Border

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Part Shade
    Full Shade

    Tollerances

  • Drought
  • Dry Soil

  • Colors


    Native Range

    India, Southeast Asia


    History

    In 1793, a Mr. Minton Collins of Alexandria advertised balsam seeds for sale which he had received in a shipment from London.


    Other Details

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