Impatiens parviflora

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Small Balsam
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Ericales
Family: Balsaminaceae
Genus: Impatiens
Species: I. parviflora
Binomial name
Impatiens parviflora

Impatiens parviflora (Small Balsam, or Small-flowered Touch-me-not) is a species of annual herbaceous plants in the family Balsaminaceae, native to some areas of Eurasia, naturalized elsewhere and found in damp shady places. Impatiens parviflora can grow in sandy, loamy, and clay soils and prefer moist soil.[1]


Impatiens parviflora flowers are considered hermaphroditic which means that they contain both stamen (male) and pistil (female) structures. These plants are largely pollinated by insects.[2]


Impatiens parviflora has many uses. If cooked, the leaves are completely edible. You can eat the seeds either raw or cooked. It is also used as a treatment for warts, ringworm, and nettle stings. Impatiens parviflora is also used for a hair rinse to relieve an itchy scalp.[1]


  1. ^ a b Elemans, Marjet. "Light, nutrients and the growth of herbaceous forest species" Acta Oecologica 2004, vol. 26, pp. 197-202.
  2. ^ Tavers,S.E., Temeles, E.J. and I. Pan. "The relationship between nectar spur curvature in jewelweed ( Impatients capensis)and pollen removal by hummingbird pollinators" Canadian Journal of Botany, 2003, vol. 81, pp. 164-170.

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