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Balsam

Impatiens balsamina

Jefferson planted "Double balsam" at Shadwell in April 1767 and ordered seeds from Bernard McMahon in 1812. This was among the "more valuable and curious sorts of tender annuals" to McMahon, who gave detailed instructions for the raising of young plants in hot beds, which were cold frames heated by decomposing manure. Balsams, especially, the newly developed double varieties with striped flowers, were more esteemed in Jefferson's time than they are today.From Thomas Jefferson's Flower Garden at Monticello by Edward M. Betts.

Growth Type: 
Annual
Color(s): 
Reds, White
Hardiness Zones: 
Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9, Zone 10
Location at Monticello: 
West Lawn
Planting Conditions: 
Partial Shade
Blooming History: 
2001 Jul 21 to 2001 Oct 42002 Jul 5 to 2002 Oct 112003 Jul 4 to 2003 Oct 172004 Jun 24 to 2004 Oct 262005 Jun 17 to 2005 Oct 252006 Jun 30 to 2006 Oct 272007 Jul 6 to 2007 Oct 262008 Jun 24 to 2008 Oct 132009 Jun 19 to 2009 Oct 142010 Jun 28 to 2010 Nov 12012 Jul 20 to 2012 Oct 242014 Jun 16 to 2014 Oct 172015 Jul 1
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