Balsaminaceae / Touch-me-nots
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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.
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.
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.
Angiosperms / Flowering Plants
Dicots / Two Seed Leaves