Jewelweed or Spotted Forget-Me-Not is a self-seeding annual that grows best in rich, moist soils in part shade. The cone-shaped orange flowers bloom throughout the summer, attractive to bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.
The common name of Jewelweed comes from the glittery appearance of water droplets on the leaves in the early morning or after a light rain. Old wives tales say that if you see Jewelweed, there is poison ivy nearby, and while it might be true, as both plants are woodland species, it is not always the case. The watery juice of the Jewelweed stem has been shown to work as a fungicide, however, used to treat skin infections, and is also known to help reduce the itch of a poison ivy rash.
Jewelweed is slow to germinate from seed, but once established in the proper conditions, can be quite aggressive. If you have a shady section of your property where you have been battling invasive plants, this may be one native you consider adding to your arsenal.
Fun fact: When jewelweed seeds are ripe, they are flung far! You are lucky if you can catch this in action.
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Impatiens capensis (Jewelweed)
type: annual sun needs: part sun/part shade to full sun water needs: thrives in wet to moist, will tolerate average height: 4' plant spacing: 1 per square foot bloom time: July, August, September bloom color: orange
good plant companions
cardinal flower, buttonbush, sensitive fern
deer resistant (please note that does not mean deer proof)