Herb latin name: Impatiens edgeworthii
Family: Balsaminaceae (Touch-me-not Family)
Description of the plant:
Habitat of Impatiens edgeworthii:Usually found in forest openings in ditches near water drains, 1700 - 2200 metres in Srinagar.
Other uses of the herb:An oil is obtained from the seed. No more details are given.
Propagation of Impatiens edgeworthii:Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer.
Cultivation of the herb:Usually found in forest openings in ditches near water drains, 1700 - 2200 metres in Srinagar.
Medicinal use of Impatiens edgeworthii:None known
Known hazards of Impatiens edgeworthii:Regular ingestion of large quantities of these plants can be dangerous due to their high mineral content. This report, which seems nonsensical, might refer to calcium oxalate. This mineral is found in I. capensis and so is probably also in other members of the genus. It can be harmful raw but is destroyed by thoroughly cooking or drying the plant. People with a tendency to rheumatism, arthritis, gout, kidney stones and hyperacidity should take especial caution if including this plant in their diet.
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.