Impatiens capensis

Jewelweed: water beads on the leaves and glistens like jewels

Jewelweed or touch-me-not is a tall annual that grows in moist areas, usually along the banks of streams, rivers and ponds.  The leaves are somewhat toothed and blue-green in color. Raindrops tend to bead up on the leaves, giving it a “bejeweled” appearance in sunshine.

The trumpet-like or funnel-shaped flowers are yellowish-orange with spots of darker orange in the throat. (There is also an all-yellow variety, so see the gallery.) The flower terminates in a delightful twist toward the back of the trumpet.

The name “touch-me-not” comes from the observation that ripe seeds of this plant will explode with a quick “pop” when prodded by a touch.  Who can’t admire that special quality?

Jewelweed has been used as an herbal remedy to relieve the irritation caused by poison ivy, stinging nettle, and bee stings.

5 Comments Add yours

  1. Katie Rinker says:

    These are blooming and just beautiful here in Manassas, VA. We love them!

  2. Mary says:

    We had these growing by the creekside on our property. The first summer we lived here I would get up as the sun was rising and stand quietly on a stump in the midst of the jewel weed. And every morning the hummingbirds would come to visit the tiny trumpets. There were so many birds I literally couldn’t count them all. They seemed oblivious to my presence and it was such a great joy to me to be a witness to this! Time to reconnect, refocus and recharge my spirit daily.
    So, if you want hummingbirds, and you have water. Jewelweed is a beautiful treasure. 😊

    1. Gloria says:

      Love this image of you welcoming the hummingbirds. I have a stream lined with Jewelweed near my home. I’m going to try this!

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