There are over 1000 species of Impatiens widely distributed throughout the Northern Hemisphere and tropics. Most are herbaceous annuals or perennials with succulent stems.
Their flowers are curious in that they start off female and then become male. The term for this is protandric.
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Name Derivation: Impatient, referring to the seed pod's habit of bursting open
Impatiens is in the family Balsaminaceae.