Impatiens capensis Meerb.
Jewelweed, Orange Jewelweed, Spotted Touch-me-not
Balsaminaceae (Touch-Me-Not Family)
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.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Annual
Fruit Type: Capsule
Flower: The flowers of all North American Impatiens species are resupinate.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Orange , Yellow , Green , Brown
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
DistributionUSA: 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 , NL , NS , ON , PE , SK
Native Distribution: Saskatchewan to Newfoundland; south to Georgia; west to Oklahoma; north to Missouri.
Native Habitat: Shaded wetlands.
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist , Wet
CaCO3 Tolerance: Low
Soil Description: Clay, Loam, Sand
BenefitUse Wildlife: Birds, Hummingbirds, Butterflies
Use Medicinal: 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. (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: yes
Attracts: Birds , Hummingbirds
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Bumble Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
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National Wetland Indicator Status
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
BibliographyBibref 1294 - 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 capensis in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Impatiens capensis in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Impatiens capensis
MetadataRecord Modified: 2015-11-11
Research By: TWC Staff