University of Florida

Plant Identification Learning Module:
Flowers and Foliage

Impatiens (Impatiens spp.)

Impatiens is an erect, spreading, succulent annual which grows to a height of six inches to two feet. Simple, smooth leaves are alternate, with serrate margins. They are green or reddish-green, ovate to elliptic in shape. Flowers are solitary and borne on racemes in many forms: doubled, semi-doubled, etc. They come in many colors: purple, variegated whites, yellows, reds, and oranges.