Etymology: Impatiens: Latin for "impatient" referring to explosive action of fruit to disperse seed
Plants: erect, annual, 2'-6' tall forb, smooth, branched near the top; stems watery inside
Leaves: soft, long-stalked
Flowers: orange, 5 (looks like 3)-parted, 3/4"-1 1/4" long, tubular shape, drooping on thin stalks, spurred and lipped; inflorescence a widely-spreading cluster (raceme) from the leaf axils; blooms July-Sept.
Fruits: long, narrow capsule, exploding when ripe
Habitat: moist; woods, forests, meadows, streambanks
Hazardous: Careful, this plant is hazardous!
Conservation Status: Native