Busy Lizzie (Impatiens ballerina)
Female and male reproductive column located at the top opening to the lower sepal and spur. When flower blossoms, the stamens are visible. Pollen has tones of white, red, purple, and looks similar to cotton. It can be easily removed, and after a few days the cap detaches and exposes the pistils and ovary.
A few hours later, the pistils become responsive to pollen from other flowers. This procedure is meant to prevent or reduce the chances of self-pollination. If touched, the huge pressure after reaching maturity will open and spread brownish tan seeds up to 20 feet from the plant. Therefore, when children play with this plant they are aiding and stimulating Impatiens’ reproduction, as well as the impact of water.
This annual species has a short life, but prospers more during the spring, and may suffer in the cold winter. 6
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