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Spotted Jewelweed - Impatiens capensis

"Tall leafy plant with succulent, translucent stems and orange flowers." Field Guide to North American Wildflowers

Called Touch-me-not or Quick in hand because of bursting seed pods. Also called Eardrop, Silverleaf, and Balsam Weed Wildflower folklore

"The seeds, separated from the rest of the fruit, were eaten by Native Americans raw or as toppings on deserts, tastes like Butternuts."

The crushed leaves of the Jewelweed has been used to treat poison ivy rash and athletes foot. Peterson Field Guides Eastern/Central Medicinal Plants

The juice has been confirmed to have antifungal properties. Field Guide to North American Wildflowers

Caution: You can be allergic to jewelweed which can cause a contact dermatits (rash)

Jewelweed grows along streams and rivers. They serve a valuable role in stabilizing the creek and stream banks. They are effective in controlling soil erosion. It prefers shade.

Jewelweed can be highly invasive in the garden.

Hummingbirds and bees are attracted to the jewelweed flower's nectar. Bobwhite Quail eat the seeds. Muskrats consume the leaves and stems.


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Emerging jewelweed

Jewelweed blooming in August


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