Herb latin name: Impatiens textori

Family: Balsaminaceae (Touch-me-not Family)

Edible parts of Impatiens textori:

Young shoots - cooked. Some caution is advised, see the notes above on toxicity.

Description of the plant:


60 cm
(2 feet)

Habitat of the herb:

Wet shaded places in low mountains.

Propagation of Impatiens textori:

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:

Wet shaded places in low mountains.

Medicinal use of Impatiens textori:

None known

Known hazards of Impatiens textori:

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.