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Bruso, George H.
Impatiens capensis Meerb.
Jewelweed, Orange Jewelweed, Spotted Touch-Me-Not
Synonym(s): Impatiens biflora, Impatiens fulva, Impatiens noli-tangere ssp. biflora, Impatiens nortonii
USDA Symbol: IMCA
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
, WV Canada: NB
, SK Native Distribution:
Saskatchewan to Newfoundland; south to Georgia; west to Oklahoma; north to Missouri. Native Habitat:
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
National Wetland Indicator Status
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
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
Record Last Modified: 2012-12-07
Research By: TWC Staff