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Photos used with permission of Strange Wonderful Things.

Author:  William Botting Hemsley, 1897
Family:  BALSAMINACEAE
Origin:  Eastern South Africa
Soil:  Rich, Drained Mix
Water:  Medium - Maximum
Sun:  Medium
Thickness:  16 Centimetres
Height:  90 Centimetres
Flower:  Pink - Rosy
Propagate:  Seeds/Cuttings
Names:  -
Synonyms:  Impatiens flanaganae - don't know where KEW get the "i" from...

This member of the Balsaminaceae family was given this name by William Botting Hemsley in 1897. It is found near Port St. Johns, Eastern Cape; South Africa, growing in a well drained and rather rich soil with some to lots of water and some sun. The tubers can grow into a cluster, each sixteen centimetre in diameter , the entire plant to 90 centimetres in height. The large flowers are pink to rosy.

The genera name means 'impatience', referring to the fruits which pops when ripe and touched. The species name, flanaganiae referring to Mrs Flanagan, the name of the lady who discovered it in the Eastern Cape.


Photos used with permission of Strange Wonderful Things.