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Impatiens balfourii-Kashmir balsam for Macro Flowers Saturday

Welcome to Macro Flowers Saturday #65!


Let's see your beautiful weekend flowers!

Here is my little wildflower:
Impatiens balfourii-Kashmir balsam is a member of the huge impatiens family, frequently called, touch-me-not flowers.
They are native to the mountainous regions of Kashmir, brought to Europe as garden plants. Now they grow wild along rivers and sites with increased humidity.

Unlike its garden variety, the Impatiens Balsamina, these plants grow much taller (over 100cm tall) forming large colonies mostly along rivers and places with increased humidity.
Impatiens balfourii-Kashmir balsam
Its small flowers are very beautiful with a white sepal forming a thin spur. The other two petals are lavender or pink, extending forth from the mouth. I took these photos in our backyard but they look more stronger when growing wild.
Kashmir balsam-close up

I wish you all a wonderful weekend!

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16 comments:

Mama Zen said...

Lovely flowers!

Nayana Donga said...

wow..love first pic.

Tina said...

Very lovely macro flower :) LG Tina

Karin M. said...

...schöne zarte Blüten...

Vielen Dank auch für das tolle Projekt:
"Makro Flowers Saturday"...

LG: Karin

Lui said...

Hi Maia I'm back!
We had a stormy week.
I think I found some of those flowers around our subdivision and now I know its name!

Judy said...

I didn't recognize them as impatients, but when you called them touch-me-nots, then I could see the resemblance to the orange ones we have here!! Funny how the shape is the same, and the colour so different!

Joyful said...

They look very nice. do you know why they are called "touch-me-not"? Do they have a sting or something poisonous perhaps?

Eden said...

Gorgeous blooms. Great macro shots.

My garden haven said...

Hi Maia, as usual, great macro.Have a great weekend.
Rosie

The Gardener said...

Lovely pink. They look so delicate.

I'm glad to have rejoined you here.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Roan said...

They are beautiful! Have a lovely weekend.

Cheryl said...

I'm new this week and lovin' what you've created. I've never seen this particular variety of impatiens. Really quite stunning.

Sara Chapman said...

Maia, thanks for sharing about this plant. I would never have guessed it was a kind of impatiens. Beautiful photos, as always.

Ann said...

don't think I have seen this before.

My snowdrops are in full bloom. My grass cutter cut the clump off and I was worried, but the flowers came out.

Can't believe last year, I posted snowdrops, one year already

Míriam Luiza said...

Amei suas flores!

SquirrelQueen said...

That is a beautiful variety of impatiens, I really like the bloom.

Sorry I missed MFS this past weekend, things just got too hectic. I will be back this coming week.

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