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Impatiens balsamina  L.


Botanical Name


Impatiens balsamina L.

English Name


Garden balsam, Rose balsam



Impatiens cornuta L.





General Info


An annual herb, 15—60(—80) cm tall, stems erect. Leaves spirally arranged, lower leaves occasionally opposite, lanceolate to narrowly elliptical, 3—10(—15) cm x 1.5—3 cm, base cuneate, apex acute, margins serrate, several dark glands towards the base, sessile or shortly petiolate. Flowers 1—3 together in leaf-axils, variable in size, up to 3.5 cm long, pedicel slender, 1—1.6 cm long, sepals 3, lower sepal deeply navicular, 13—21 mm long, abruptly constricted into a curved filiform spur 13—24 mm long, dorsal petal cucullate, 10—14 mm long, long-mucronate at apex, lateral united petals 25 mm long, upper petal oblong, 9—11 mm long, obtuse, lower petal suborbicular, 18—27 mm long, unevenly bilobed; corolla red, purple, white, or variegated. Capsule broadly fusiform, 12—20 mm x 6—8 mm, densely pubescent.

Herb Effects

As a tonic, fungicidal, bactericidal and haemostatic (flowers)


Philippine Medicinal Herbs
PROSEA (Plant Resources of South-East Asia) Foundation



Medicinal Use

Used to poultice wounds, inflammations of the skin, pustules, torn nails and felons (leaves or roots); have a cooling effect on burns and scalds, and against rheumatism (flowers); used for snake bite, contusion, painful inflammation, carbuncles, dysmenorrhea, intercostal neuralgia and lumbago (decoction of dried flowers or seed or whole plant); for external use on any bruise or painful area (crushed plant).



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