Camilia Balsam is a sun loving tender annual flower that is native to India and southeast Asia but can commonly be found growing in the northeastern United States. Growing to the height of 30” tall, this plant features lance shaped leaves and small clusters of 2” cup shaped red, pink, and white colored flowers. This plant can be grown in containers, it attracts bees, butterflies, and humming birds, is resistant to drought, great as a cut flower, and best of all, it self sows!
Species: Impatiens balsamina
Cultivar: Camailia Mix
Native to: India, Sri Lanka.
Introduced into: Afghanistan, Alabama, Andaman Is., Assam, Austria, Bangladesh, Benin, Brazil South, Cameroon, Central European Rus, Chagos Archipelago, China North-Central, China South-Central, China Southeast, Cook Is., Cuba, Czechoslovakia, Dominican Republic, East Himalaya, Ecuador, Florida, France, Galápagos, Guatemala, Gulf of Guinea Is., Hainan, Haiti, Honduras, Illinois, Indiana, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Kentucky, Kenya, Korea, Laccadive Is., Leeward Is., Louisiana, Madeira, Mauritius, Mexico Southwest, Michigan, Missouri, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, New Caledonia, New Jersey, New South Wales, New York, Nicaragua, Niue, North Carolina, Ohio, Oman, Pakistan, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode I., Rodrigues, Réunion, Society Is., Solomon Is., South Carolina, Tadzhikistan, Tanzania, Tibet, Tokelau-Manihiki, Tonga, Trinidad-Tobago, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Virginia, West Himalaya, West Virginia, Windward Is., Wisconsin, Zaïre.
Ease of Growing: Easy
Grown as: Annual
Bloom: May to frost
Light: Full Sun to Part Shade
Water: Moist, well-drained.
Soil Moisture: Medium.
Suitability: Tolerate: Drought, Dry Soil
Attracts Beneficial Insects?: Yes. Attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.
Sow Depth: On soil surface.
Produces: Clusters of richly red, pink, and white colored flowers that look like little roses peeking out among the leaves.
USDA Grow Zone: 1-12
Using companion plants as a border, backdrop, or interplanting in your garden beds will allow you to harness the ecosystem to its full potential. It is best to use plants native to your area so that the insects you seek to attract will know what to look for!
Shade plants such as hostas, ferns, tiarella, astilbes.