The Gardeners' Chronicle says:

"It may interest apiarians to know something of a plant, easily obtained and easily cultivated, that will supply their bees with a large quantity of honey at a season when honey-yielding flowers are getting scarce. This plant is no other than the Giant Balsam (Impatiens Roylei, Walpers), better known under the previously occupied name of I. glandulifera, Royle - not "glanduligera," as commonly written. It is an old inhabitant of our gardens, having been introduced from North India by Dr. Royle about forty years ago; and in neglected gardens or undisturbed ground it will reproduce itself year after year. Like the majority of its congeners, it is an annual, and a robust one it is, often growing to a height of 8 or 10 feet, or even higher, and having stout fleshy, brittle, hollow stems. In the garden of the Horticultural Society at Chiswick, whither it was sent by Dr. Royle in 1839, it attained upwards of 12 feet in height by the end of August, although the seed was not sown before the end of May".

A friend of the Editor's near Philadelphia, had a few seeds in 1886, and sowed them in the open ground in May. They did not germinate till the present spring. At this writing, July 28th, the plants are about 3 feet high, with the rather showy purple flowers on the apex of the leading branches. When the laterals are also out, it will be conspicuous, and make a nice tall growing annual for flower borders. Though it has been in bloom for a month, the honey bee does not seem particularly attracted to it, but a smallish black bee visits it freely for its pollen. It should be observed, however, that the visits of the honey bee to flowers for their sweets, is a matter of education. When they come to learn what is in these blossoms they may frequent them. The plant is, however, pretty enough to be grown for its beauty if not for its sweets. Speaking further about its apiarian prospects, the Chronicle says:

" With regard to the value of Impatiens Roylei as a honey-yielding plant, we are indebted to a report by Dr. Munter, director of the Botanic Garden of Greifswald, in the Garten Zeitung. It appears that it was exhibited at an exhibition of a society for the promotion of bee culture, held at Potsdam, as a bee-feeding plant, and its qualities were so highly praised that a gentleman named Van Behr determined to try it on the Baltic coast at Greifswald".