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Jewelweed Plant - A Monarch and Hummingbirds Favorite Dish
Jewelweed plants commonly called touch me not, is a summer-blooming wildflower that thrives in hardiness zones 2 to 11 and a hummingbird's favorite treat. Its botanical name is Impatiens capensis, and it is a member of the Balsaminaceae family.
Impatiens, Latin for "impatience," is an apt label for this plant, as is the Touch Me Not moniker. When ripe, the plants' thin seed pods will contract, coil then burst from even the slightest touch. Jewelweed plants are also considered annuals, Spotted Touch Me Nots propagate quite freely, and gardeners who include them in their beds will need to keep on top of them. There is some disagreement about how Jewelweed came by its name. Some would argue that the flower blossoms hang like pendant necklaces from their branches, while others attribute its name to the plants' bedazzling orange/yellow color when hit by sunlight. Other names include Snapweed, Spotted Snapweed, Silver Leaf, and Silver-cap Lady's Eardrops.
Jewelweed plant is recognized by its showy, horn-shaped, and dangling orange/yellow blossoms with deep reddish-brown spots inside. These flowers are about one inch in size, but the plants also have a second, less noticeable set of flowers that do not open. This second set of flowers tends to contain the most seeds allowing the plant to be self-pollinating. Spotted Touch Me Not have waterproof, oval foliage with wide-spaced teeth and distinct leaf stalks. Their stems are pale green. When rainwater hits the waterproof quality of the leaves, it tends to bead up and glisten in the sun, creating yet another argument for the "jewelweed" name.
Jewelweed typically grows two to five feet in height.
It prefers shade to partial shade and thrives in soggy soils. It can be found naturally along riverbanks and ponds, in thickets, and in swampy, marshy areas. The trumpet-like nature of the flowers entices hummingbirds. Butterflies and bees are also attracted to its nectar. This plant is most useful in flower beds where non-native weeds threaten to take over certain areas, and it is often planted for added interest around water features. Companion plants include ferns, columbine, and astilbe. Although the taproot of the plant makes Jewelweed difficult to transplant, it is quite easily propagated from seeds. Seeds are best germinated if first stored for two or three months in the refrigerator. After the risk of frost has passed, scatter them freely on top of moist soil, but do not cover them as they require sunlight to grow. After they have taken root, cover them with a thick layer of mulch to maintain soil moisture.
Although cultivated as an ornamental plant, Native Americans used Spotted Touch Me Not for a number of medicinal purposes. Cherokee tribes used its leaves to treat measles, while the Chippewa used the stems to treat rashes. Homeopathic remedies suggest a salve from the plant's leaves can be an effective treatment for poison ivy, burns, rashes, and insect bites.
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Discover The Remarkably Beautiful Spotted Touch Me Not Plant
The lovely Spotted Touch Me Not Plant (Impatiens capensis species) grows as a wildflower in North America. Its range extends across Canada, the Eastern United States, Colorado, and much of the Pacific Northwest. Sometimes referred to as "Jewelweed," this beautiful annual displays incredibly showy blooms between July and October.
Spotted (or Not)
Despite its name, not every Spotted Touch Me Not Plant possesses spotted petals. Many do, however. Blossoms usually present as a saffron orange or yellow funnel-shaped inch-long flower with a nectar-filled spur curling upwards in the back. Red spots frequently speckle the inner lining of its petals. Gardeners distinguish this type of Touch Me Not variety from the Pale Touch Me Not mainly by the smaller size of the delicate blossoms.
Attractive Leaves And Stems
The Spotted Touch Me Not Plant possesses green stems sprouting leaves in an alternating pattern. Each oblong-shaped light green leaf ends in a point and measures between 1 inch and 3 inches in length and approximately 1.5 inches in width. The leaves contain jagged edges at regular intervals.
Touch Me Not!
Prevent young children and pets from consuming this plant's poisonous berries. The Spotted Touch Me Not Plant prefers moist soil but tolerates clay, sand, and loam. It thrives in the shade and grows well beneath trees and in wooded landscapes.
Jewelweed has vibrant green leaves, thin translucent stems, and bright trumpet-shaped orange flowers that start blooming in the spring and show until the early fall, but it is not just for its looks that Jewelweed is highly prized. Instead, it is the plant's centuries-long use as an effective treatment for poison ivy and poison oak why people love growing it in their gardens so much.
Herbalists, botanists, and horticulturalists use Jewelweed on poison ivy and other severe skin rashes by cutting the stem and rubbing the juice onto the affected skin. Even clinical studies have proven its effectiveness.
Jewelweed is easy to take care of and will also attract honey bees and hummingbirds that arrive throughout the year to pollinate the plants.