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 (ĭm-pā′shənz, -shəns)
n. pl. impatiens
Any of various plants of the genus Impatiens, especially several species that are widely cultivated for their colorful flowers and attractive foliage. Also called balsam.

[Latin impatiēns, impatient (so called because the ripe pods burst open when touched); see impatient.]
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n, pl -ens
(Plants) any balsaminaceous plant of the genus Impatiens, such as balsam, touch-me-not, busy Lizzie, and policeman's helmet
[C18: New Latin from Latin: impatient; from the fact that the ripe pods burst open when touched]
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(ɪmˈpeɪ ʃənz)

n., pl. -tiens.
any of numerous plants belonging to the genus Impatiens, of the balsam family, having irregular, spurred flowers.
[1880–85; < New Latin, Latin impatiēns not tolerating (see impatient); alluding to the plant's quick release of seeds upon slight contact]
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[ɪmˈpeɪʃɪˌenz] Nimpatiens f
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Fill your patio pots and containers with long-lasting colour this summer with our mixtures of Impatiens, also known as Busy Lizzie's.
Plants available include: Iceberg Lettuce Starters, Citronella, Geraniums, Petunias, Impatiens, Zinnias, Jalape[+ or -]os, Mixed Bell Peppers, Spider Plant, Cantaloupe, Tomatoes, Broccoli, Zucchini, and Mint.
IMPATIENS WALLERIANA If you used to plant busy Lizzies but gave up because of downy mildew, then you weren't alone.
There are so many plants that relish shade or filtered light that it is easy to become overwhelmed, but when making a selection, remember, the following plants are the sine qua non of the shade garden: ferns, hostas, caladiums, ajuga, impatiens and coral bells.
8) Impatiens, jewelweed, touch-me-not, or snapweed (Impatiens capensis).
You will receive 33 each of Geranium F1 Century Mixed, Impatiens World Beater Mixed, Begonia Organdy Mixed (illustrated) and Petunia Frenzy Mixed.
Sakunphueak and P Panichayupakaranant, "Comparison of antimicrobial activities of naphthoquinones from Impatiens balsamina," Natural Product Research, vol.
Impatiens, or Busy Lizzies, have suffered from a major downy mildew problem, but breeders have been busy growing more robust varieties - the New Guinea impatiens have greater resistance to mildew and will perk up your pots with vibrant pinks and purples.
Also, the fortuitous presence of flowering-seed formation bahiagrass (Paspalum notatum Flugge; Poales: Poaceae) in the plot understory and the addition of commercial colonies of Bombus impatiens Cresson (Hymenoptera: Apidae) were used to advantage to investigate the spatial distribution and response behavior of B.
I haven't needed drainage holes, and even when the basket holds thirsty impatiens, I only need to water every few weeks.
Impatiens were found growing throughout the Islands in great profusion.