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Jewelweed, Touch-me-not, Spotted jewelweed - Impatiens capensis


Family: Balsaminaceae - Touch-me-not family Genus Common Name: Touch-me-not Native Status: NativeDicot Annual Herb
Impatiens capensis - Jewelweed, Touch-me-not, Spotted jewelweed. Reported to be an antidote for poison ivy allergens, when crushed and the liquid rubbed on the area which was in contact with the poison ivy.

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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

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Distribution of Impatiens capensis in the United States and Canada:
USDA Plants Distribution Map temporarily unavailable.
Blue=Native; Grey=Introduced

Map from USDA Plants Database:
USDA, NRCS. 2017. The PLANTS Database (http://plants.usda.gov, 21 Sep 2017). National Plant Data Team, Greensboro, NC 27401-4901 USA.

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Site: Walker County, Ga Date: 2009-September-16Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Spotted Jewelweed elongated shape and bright color makes it a favorite of hummingbirds.
Impatiens capensis

Site: Walker County, Ga Date: 2009-September-18Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
A view down the throat of a spotted jewelweed.
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Impatiens capensis

Site: Walker County, Ga Date: 2009-September-16Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
A spotted jewelweed emerging from its bud.
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Impatiens capensis

Site: Walker County, Ga Date: 2009-September-16Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Seedpods that will become "explosive" when they mature, yielding the Touch-me-not name.
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Impatiens capensis

Site: Walker County, Ga Date: 2009-September-18Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
This large spider - perhaps 6 inches across - built this nest within a jewelweed thicket.
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Impatiens capensis

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