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Impatiens pallida Nutt.
Pale touch-me-not, Yellow jewelweed
USDA Symbol: IMPA
USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)
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.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Annual Habit: Herb Leaf:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
, WV Canada: NB
, 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
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.
Record Last Modified: 2012-12-07
Research By: TWC Staff