Impatiens pallida Nutt.
Pale touch-me-not, Yellow jewelweed
Balsaminaceae (Touch-Me-Not Family)
USDA Symbol: IMPA
A tall leafy plant with succulent, translucent stems bearing nodding, usually pale yellow flowers occasionally splotched with reddish brown.
This soft-stemmed annual is less common than the very similar Spotted Touch-me-not (I. capensis). The sensitive triggering of seeds from the ripe capsule inspired these species (as well as the familys) common name touch-me-not. Policemans Hat (I. glandulifera), a large, purple-flowered species with mostly whorled or opposite leaves, is found from Ontario east to Nova Scotia and south to Massachusetts.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
DistributionUSA: AL , AR , CT , DC , DE , GA , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , NC , ND , NE , NH , NJ , NY , OH , OK , PA , RI , SC , SD , TN , VA , VT , WI , WV
Canada: NB , NL , NS , PE , SK
Native Distribution: Ontario east to Nova Scotia, south to Georgia, west to Oklahoma, and north to North Dakota.
Native Habitat: Wet woods and meadows; often on mountainsides in wet, shady, limestone or neutral sites.
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist , Wet
CaCO3 Tolerance: High
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Bumble Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
Bibliography* The Midwestern Native Garden: Native Alternatives to Nonnative Flowers and Plants An Illustrated Guide (2011) Adelman, Charlotte and Schwartz, Bernard L.
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Impatiens pallida in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Impatiens pallida in the Flora of North America (if available)
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MetadataRecord Modified: 2012-12-07
Research By: TWC Staff