Impatiens capensis

Plant Characteristics:

  • Duration: Annual 
  • Habit: herb 
  • Fruit type: Capsule 
  • Size class: 
  • Native Habitat: Shaded wetlands 
  • Bloom time: July-October

Growing Conditions 

  • Light:
    • Shade 
  • Water:
    • Medium
  • Soil
    • Moisture: Moist, wet
    • CaCO3 tolerance: Low 
    • Description: Clay, Loam, Sand


  • Attracts birds, hummingbirds, butterflies 
  • Specific value to Bumble Bees
  • Medicinal: 
    • Stem juice is said to relieve itching from poison ivy and also been used to treat athlete’s foot 
  • Conspicuous flowers


  • Berries can be toxic to humans: Especially to children if ingested

Additional uses: 

  • The seed pods can pop when you touch them and it is very fun!