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October 3, 2012 / virginiatrailschristine

Look What’s Blooming – October 3, 2012

Jewelweed (Impatiens capensis) is a colorful late season bloomer in the Impatiens famile.  When dew or rain beads up on the on the leaves, the droplets really sparkle – hence the common name, Jewelweed.  This plant is also often called ‘Touch Me Not’ due to its ‘eruptive’ nature. The plant has two types of flowers, the orange ones pictured below and a second tiny, petal-free bloom.  When you touch the tiny petal-free blooms, they explode and send seeds shooting several feet in all directions.   Juices from crushing Jewelweed are known to relieve the itching and burning sensation of poison ivy and stinging nettles.

Come see it blooming at the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum!


Photo courtesy of Christine Letsky-Anderson

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