Fam: Balsaminaceae DC.

Genus: Impatiens L.

Species: Слабонога

Impatiens glandulifera Royle  

English Name: Policeman's Helmet, Bobby Tops, Copper Tops, and Gnome's Hatstand


It typically grows to 1 to 2 m (3.3 to 6.5 ft) high, with a soft green or red-tinged stem, and lanceolate leaves 5 to 23 cm (2 to 9 in) long. The crushed foliage has a strong musty smell. Theflowers are pink, with a hooded shape, 3 to 4 cm (1¼ to 1½ in) tall and 2 cm (¾ in) broad; the flower shape has been compared to a policeman's helmet, giving rise to the alternative common name Policeman's Helmet. Although it does not range all over India and is by no means the only Impatiens native to that country, it is also known as Indian Balsam in countries where it is introduced.

After flowering between June and October, the plant forms seed pods 2 to 3 cm (¾ to 1¼  in) long and 8 mm broad (¼ in), which explode when disturbed, scattering the seeds up to 7 metres (23 ft). Impatiens, meaning "impatient", refers to this method of dispersal. The green seed pods, seeds, young leaves and shoots are all edible.


 Flowering Time: June - September


„Определител на растенията в България”, Д. Делипавлов и съавтори, ЗЕМИЗДАТ, София, (1983) – (преиздадена в 2003)

Distribution in Bulgaria:

Western Balkan mountain, Western Rhodope moutain; Conspectus of the Bulgarian Vascular Flora = conspectus&gs_l= Zlc    

Distribution: me unknown

Conservation status and threats:  

not protected species in Bulgaria by theBiodiversity Law. Законодателство на Република България: Закон за биологичното разнообразие

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