What is this pretty little flower? #423689 - Ask Extension


What is this pretty little flower? #423689

Asked August 27, 2017, 4:05 PM EDT

This flower is growing in the woods just beyond a planted bed but there are no others like it around.  In the photo looks more white but it is tinged with the palest of pink color.  Thanks.

Howard County Maryland

Expert Response

This does not look like our native impatiens (Jewelweed--Inpatiens capansis), however the little spike or horn is a common characteristic of members of the impatiens family. Here is a page with a good photo of a balsam impatiens and its seedhead. Both look similar to the one you see.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Impatiens_balsamina  These are annuals and, though they don't belong in a natural area, they are fun to grow in the home landscape: https://www.thespruce.com/balsam-flowers-for-heirloom-garden-1315695


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