im·​pa·​tiens | \ im-ˈpā-shənz How to pronounce impatiens (audio) , -shən(t)s \

Definition of impatiens

: any of a widely distributed genus (Impatiens of the family Balsaminaceae) of annual or perennial herbs with irregular spurred or saccate flowers and forcefully dehiscent capsules — compare touch-me-not

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Recent Examples on the Web Geraniums, petunias, fuchsia and New Guinea impatiens are among the varieties expected to be available. Hartford Courant, 29 Apr. 2022 Customers will be able to select from a variety of hanging baskets featuring geraniums, New Guinea impatiens and sunpatiens. Bob Dohr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 1 Apr. 2022 Ron Peterson at Milaeger's recommends this sun-loving impatiens. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 24 Mar. 2022 Plant dwarf annual flowers such as coleus, impatiens and seedling geraniums inside as houseplants. oregonlive, 3 Jan. 2022 The jewelweed, sometimes called touch-me-not, is actually a wild impatiens. Sheryl Devore,, 14 Oct. 2021 Snails and slugs love impatiens plants and a photo with your email suggests one or both have been at work. Tom Maccubbin,, 17 July 2021 Consider rows of ornamentals such as pansies and impatiens sidling up to hydrangea. Kathryn O'shea-evans, WSJ, 13 Aug. 2021 Luckily much of the plant with some foliage is left, and the impatiens could recover. Tom Maccubbin,, 17 July 2021 See More

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First Known Use of impatiens

1785, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for impatiens

New Latin, from Latin, impatient

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4 May 2022

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“Impatiens.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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