Impatiens parviflora is an annual found in areas such as Western N. America to Siberia. Naturalized in Britain. A member of the Balsaminaceae family, Impatiens parviflora DC does not go by a known (to us) common name. The Annual can grow to a height of 1 meters and up to meters wide. The preferred habitat of Woods and waste shady places, mainly in S. and E. England., with LMH soil and SN moisture levels. .
The plant is a zone hardy plant that has medicinal uses - the medicinal usage rating of is 2Antidote, parasiticide. Used in the treatment of warts, ringworm, nettle stings, poison ivy rash etc.
Impatiens parviflora is a non flowering plant which is pollinated by Insects.
Known hazards of the plant: 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. capens is 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[K]. People with a tendency to rheumatism, arthritis, gout, kidney stones and hyperacidity should take especial caution if including this plant in their diet.
The plant has an edibility rating of 3Young shoots - cooked in one change of water. Some caution is advised, see the notes on toxicity at the top of the record. Seed - raw or cooked. They are tedious to collect in quantity,
mainly because of their exploding seed capsules which scatter the ripe seed at the slightest touch[K].
Cultivation tips: Succeeds in any reasonably good soil. Grows well in heavy clay soils. The plant prefers a moist well-drained humus rich soil in a cool site. This plant has seed capsules that spring open forcibly as the seed ripens to eject the seed a considerable distance. The capsules are sensitive to touch even before the seed is ripe, making seed collection difficult but fun[K].
. The plant should best be propagated by 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.
Young shoots - cooked in one change of water. Some caution is advised, see the notes on toxicity at the top of the record. Seed - raw or cooked. They are tedious to collect in quantity, mainly because of their exploding seed capsules which scatter the ripe seed at the slightest touch[K].