Scientific NameImpatiens capensis
Synonyms (former Scientific Names):
Impatiens noli-tangere ssp. biflora
Blooms from June to October and grows on a tall, narrow stalk that reaches the height from 2 - 5 feet.
Leaves are 1 1/2 -3 1/2 long, egg-shaped and toothed. Leaves and stems are hairless. Stems are hollow.
When broken, leaves emit an orange liquid similar to bloodroot. The flowers are distinguished from similar species by the orange color and numerous spots.
Flower Seed Head
The orange, dark spotted, trumpet-like flowers are hermaphrodite, about 1 long, and has 2, 2-lobed petals that droop over the opening to the flower and 1 petal. About 1/4 of the length is an inward curving spur of the nectary, which runs parallel to the flower. The stalks that connect the flowers are at least as long as the flowers themselves.
The seed capsule is elongated and swollen, and when touched it explodes into 5 twisted parts, sending its seeds up to 4 feet away
Wetlands, shady areas, bog gardens, woodlands, sunny edges, and dappled shades.
upright and nonwoody
Thorns or Spines
Approximate Flower Diameter
Dominant Flower Color
shorter than leaf
Stem Cross Section
round or oval