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Herb of the month: Jewelweed


Last updated 7/22/2020 at 12:42pm

Photo from Kent Karriker, courtesy of U.S. Forest Service

Pollination in action. Impatiens capensis capsules visible above and to the left of the bumblebee.

Names: touch-me-not, spotted jewelweed, snapweed, wild celandine, lady's earrings, quick-in-the-hand, wild balsam, balsam-weed, slipperweed, silverweed, wild lady's slipper, speckled jewels.

Description: Height is to 5 feet and width of 2 feet. The stems are smooth, glassy, water-filled and swollen at the nodes in the spring and early summer. The flowers are drooping, suspended on a thin stem, with 1-inch spur on back, a few grouped together, usually orange-yellow with red-brown spots. The leaves are elongated ovals, about 3 ½ inches long, coarsely toothed around the edge, gray-green...

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