When most people talk about Impatiens, they’re referring to Impatiens walleriana hybrids, which are popular shade annuals. I didn’t know of any wild Impatiens until I came across this plant a few weeks ago on a walk in Pennsylvania:
The flowers are quite different from any other Impatiens I’ve seen, but the leaves and watery, almost translucent stems along with the wet, shaded habitat immediately made me think of Impatiens. My plant ecologist host confirmed that it was indeed an Impatiens and that the common name was Orange Jewelweed. I was quite thrilled with my botanical prowess for the rest of the day.