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Balsaminaceae / Touch-me-nots
Jewelweed (Impatiens capensis)
Jewelweed is also known as Spotted Touch-me-not and Jewel Weed.

Plant Type: This is a herbaceous plant, it is a annual which can reach 150cm in height (60inches). The stem is somewhat translucent.
Leaves: The leaves are alternate. Leaves can reach 8.8cm in length (3.5inches). Each leaf is toothed, thin, glaucous on the underside and may be partly ciliate.
Flowers: The flowers are irregular in shape and are up to 2.5cm long (1 inches). They are orange and yellow with darker splotches. Blooms first appear in early summer and continue into late summer. The flowers have a wet, delicate appearance. The sack like back of the flower is actually the larger of three sepals which has a turned down spur to 9mm (0.4")long.
Fruit: A dehiscent capsule that pops open at maturity dispersing the seeds.
Habitat: Low or moist openings in woods and bottom lands.
Range: From the Rocky Mountains east and in the pacific northwest.

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The unusual, brightly colored flowers and the dense stands of large, delicate plants make Jewelweed easy to spot.

Medical Uses: Juice used to treat many types of skin eruptions and injuries and is especially touted as a cure and even a preventative for Poison Ivy, Toxicodendron radicans rash.(Foster & Duke) The Cherokees would rub "the juice of seven blossoms" on the rash. They also used the plant as an ingredient in an aid in childbirth that was applied as a wash to vaginal area and as a tea to treat measles.(Hamel/Chiltoskey)

Similar Species: Pale Touch-me-not, Impatiens pallida is very similar. It has yellowish flowers and is slightly larger in every respect. It has a more northerly range being found only as far south as the mountains of Georgia.

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More Info:  
The Search below may provide more information about this species. Some of URLs may have been used as a source for this page not otherwise cited. Most of the information not cited comes from multiple sources that can be found in the Books page. The USDA plant links are provided by: USDA, NRCS 1999. The PLANTS database ( National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA. You can check species names at ITIS Advanced Search to see if they meet the current ITIS taxonomic criteria.

By: Newcomb, Lawrence and Illustrated by Morrison, Gordon. 1977, Little, Brown and Company, ISBN:0-316-60442-9

One of the best general guides to wildflowers of the North Eastern and North Central United States. Newcomb's key is an excellent, simple method for identifying plants. Newcomb has drawings for almost every plant mentioned that are excellent aids to identifying the species. Though only the more common plants are covered this is often the first book I pick up when trying to identify a wildflower.

Wildflo wers of Tennessee the Ohio Valley and the Southern Appalachians
By: Dennis Horn and Tavia Cathcart and Thomas E. Hemmerly and David Duhl. , ISBN:1551054280

This is perhaps the best of many field guides covering this region. Featuring 446 excellent color photographs (located with the text) and mentioning as similar to those illustrated are another 800 or so species for a total coverage of over 1,200 species. The start of each family section includes line drawings of some of the species showing important features. The text includes the usual description, bloom season, range, habitat and additionally includes information such as medical uses and lore and how the species was named. This is the official field guide of the Tennessee Native Plant Society.

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