Do you know what a touch-me-not balsam is? If you don't, you're missing out on one of the most interesting plants around!
The touch-me-not balsam (Impatiens glandulifera) is a plant that gets its name from its explosive seed pods. When the pods are touched, they burst open and release the seeds.
The touch-me-not balsam is native to Asia, but it has been introduced to other parts of the world, including North America. In North America, the plant can be found in woods, meadows, and along roadsides.
The touch-me-not balsam is a member of the genus Impatiens, which includes about 1,000 species of plants. The touch-me-not balsam is the largest member of the genus, with a height of up to 3 meters (10 feet).
The touch-me-not balsam has large, round leaves and flowers that are typically pink or white. The plant blooms from June to August.