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Monday, September 3, 2012


Impatiens capensis, the Orange Jewelweed, Common Jewelweed, Spotted Jewelweed, Spotted Touch-me-not, or Orange Balsam, is an annual plant native to North America. 

 A beautiful native plant to North America.... helpful in treating the discomfort of poison ivy,poison oak, or stinging nettle exposure.  Should you feel that you have been exposed to poison ivy/oak or stinging nettles, you can break the Jewelweed plant stem and rub its juices on your skin.  The irritation of the skin will be soothed.  It will not cure or totally prevent an outbreak but provides a natural way to soothe the irritation.  It is easily found in the damp and shady places along creekbeds or light shade part of the woods.  Blooms from May through October (or until the first hard frost).  Once you learn what Jewelweed looks like, it is easy to find and useful!!
Jewelweed, Impatiens Capensis

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