A Field Guide to the Prairie

Jewel Weed
Photo: From Delaware Flowers
Impatiens capensis
Touch Me Not Family (Balsaminaceae)
Habitat/Range: Stream edges and woodlands
Also called the touch-me-not, it is a common wildflower of moist, shady woodlands and stream edges. Jewel weed has funnel-shaped yellow-orange flowers about 1-1.5 inches long which are often spotted with reddish brown flecks. It grows to a height of 2 to 5 feet. Its oval leaves can be more than three inches long. The liquid of this plant is known to alleviate the itching caused by stinging nettles and poison ivy.
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