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An East African plant with abundant red, pink, or white flowers. It is often grown as a houseplant, and its many hybrids are grown as bedding plants.
- ‘The plants I am going to use include begonias, impatiens and verbenas, which should produce solid mounds and balls of colour.’
- ‘Warm-season annuals such as marigolds, impatiens and zinnias are adapted to bloom even during the hottest weather.’
- ‘Plants like impatiens and begonias will not survive the cold.’
- ‘Plant impatiens with begonias, coleus, ferns, fuchsias, hydrangeas, and lobelias.’
- ‘Eat on the splendid terrace under the branches of plane, chestnut, maple, and acacia trees; the low stone walls are dressed with impatiens and hydrangeas (and the peonies were blooming in March).’
Late 18th century: modern Latin, from Latin, literally impatient (because the capsules of the plant readily burst open when touched).
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