- any of numerous plants belonging to the genus Impatiens, of the balsam family, having irregular flowers in which the calyx and corolla are not clearly distinguishable and bearing fruit that bursts open to scatter the seeds.
Origin of impatiens
Examples from the Web for impatiens
Historical Examples of impatiens
The two genera best known in British gardens are Balsamina and Impatiens.
Impatiens Sultani is a generally known conservatory plant, making a charming pot subject for warm greenhouse or a room.The Practical Garden-Book
C. E. Hunn
Impatiens balsamīna, native of the East Indies, is a common cultivated species.
A separate order, called Hydrocere, has been made of one of the species of Impatiens (I. natans).
I have only recorded a single instance, and in this a honey bee was seen to perforate the fragile spurs of Impatiens.
- any balsaminaceous plant of the genus Impatiens, such as balsam, touch-me-not, busy Lizzie, and policeman's helmet