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Jewelweed (Spotted Touch-me-not)
Impatiens capensis

Jewelweed is an entertaining plant. The ripe seedpods pop open at a gentle touch, hence the name touch-me-not. Water drops bead up on the leaves, and a leaf held underwater has a silver sheen. There is also a species with yellow flowers, pale touch-me-not.

• Family: Balsam (Balsaminaceae)
• Habitat: moist shady areas
• Height: 2-5 feet
• Flower size: 1 to 1/2 inches long
• Flower color: orange
• Flowering time: July to September
• Origin: native

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Impatiens capensis
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Last updated November 13, 2005. © 2005 Connecticut Botanical Society. All rights reserved.