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 Coleus, fibrous begonias, impatiens and pelargoniums will bloom under lights all winter. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "Don’t panic, but it’s time to start your autumn gardening chores," 10 Sep. 2020 In those days, there was a home on a busy street with the front yard adorned in colorful impatiens, a fireworks display of flowers. Jason Kelly, The Indianapolis Star, "A health struggle has silenced Joe Kernan. His loved ones can’t say enough about him.," 10 July 2020 Flower Blossoms Program finds volunteers and business owners responsible for watering petunias and impatiens from Lincoln to Cordova avenues. John Benson, cleveland, "Flowers back in bloom on Detroit Avenue in Lakewood," 18 June 2020 Geraniums, petunias, New Guinea impatiens and mixed baskets are among the varieties expected to be available. Courant Community, "Community News For The Colchester Edition," 8 May 2018 Then pick some of the shorter growing but colorful plants including angelonia, begonias, crossandra, impatiens, marigolds, pentas, salvia, torenia and zinnias for the summer months. Tom Maccubbin,, "How to make your own summer cutting garden," 1 June 2017

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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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“Impatiens.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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