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Author Topic: Does this look familiar to anyone? [SOLVED] - Balsam  (Read 619 times)

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Patty S

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Does this look familiar to anyone? [SOLVED] - Balsam
« on: July 25, 2010, 01:50:22 PM »

Earlier this year, I realized that I had harvested a bunch of seeds (32 different kinds, to be exact) that I failed to label. :loser02:   I numbered & planted them this spring, to see what would come up.  So far, this is what I got from #14.

It looks familiar, but I can't place it! 

I figure the plant must flower, cuz the seeds come from little pods.  This is what they look like & there are 4 or 5 seeds in each pod.

Any guesses? :question:  (I know it'll flower sooner or later & be easier to ID, but I want to know what it is NOW!)
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Re: Does this look familiar to anyone?
« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2010, 05:43:27 PM »

 
OK, it turns out that they're called "Balsam". (Never heard of it before... I thought Balsam was a type of wood!) :question:
           
It's listed as being in the Impatiens family, but I have 2 stands of these in full sun, & they've done great!  I'm saving seeds from these, cuz the arthritis in my hands is starting to limit how much I'm able do, so I definitely want them in my beds next year.  They come in such vivid colors (pink, white & purple - about 18" tall) & seem to last all the way through fall.  :grinn:
 

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