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Bruso, George H.
Impatiens capensis Meerb.
Jewelweed, Orange Jewelweed, Spotted Touch-Me-Not
USDA Symbol: IMCA
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Tall, leafy plant with succulent translucent stems and pendent golden-orange flowers splotched with reddish-brown.
An annual that often occurs in dense stands, it is especially adapted to hummingbird visitation; but bees and butterflies are also important pollinators. If the leaves are submerged, they have a silvery look. The stem juice is said to relieve itching from poison ivy and has also been used to treat athletes foot. Scientific data confirm the fungicidal qualities.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Annual Habit: Herb Leaf:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Orange , Yellow , Green , Brown
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
AL , AR , CO , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , IA , ID , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MS , NC , ND , NE , NH , NJ , NY , OH , OK , OR , PA , RI , SC , SD , TN , TX , VA , VT , WA , WI , WV Canada: NB
, SK Native Distribution:
Saskatchewan to Newfoundland; south to Georgia; west to Oklahoma; north to Missouri. Native Habitat:
Shaded wetlands. USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(N),
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist , Wet
CaCO3 Tolerance: Low
Soil Description: Clay, Loam, Sand
Birds, Hummingbirds, Butterflies Use Medicinal:
juice is said to relieve itching from poison ivy and has also been used to treat athletes foot. Scientific data confirm the fungicidal qualities. (Niering) Warning:
Berries can be toxic to humans, especially children, if ingested. Sensitivity to a toxin varies with a personís age, weight, physical condition, and individual susceptibility. Children are most vulnerable because of their curiosity and small size. Toxicit Conspicuous Flowers:
Birds , Hummingbirds
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Native Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
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Record Modified: 2012-12-07
Research By: TWC Staff