One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.
- ‘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).’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The plants I am going to use include begonias, impatiens and verbenas, which should produce solid mounds and balls of colour.’
Modern Latin, from Latin, literally ‘impatient’ (because the capsules of the plant readily burst open when touched).
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