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Wildflowers
by common name

Spotted Jewelweed
Jewelweed July 12, 2008.

Impatiens capensis

Jewelweed offers great poison ivy relief and is often seen growing near posion ivy. If you have an itch rubbing the juice of the stems on the affected skin offers some relief.

Jewelweed A great place to look for Jewelweed is the Upper and Lower Lakes wildlife preserve in the Town of Canton. There are two species in New York. I haven't seen Pale Jewelweed this far north but did find they were common along the NY - Mass border.
Also known as Touch-Me-Not because the seed pods 'explode' on contact.

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Requirements:

Soil Type - Sandy loam, wet ground
Soil ph - Neutral
Water - Wet - Moist, never dry
Light - Full shade - partial shade

Characteristics:

Height - 2 to 5 ft. - up to 8 feet tall
Time of bloom - July - September
Flower colors - Orange-yellow
Propagation - prolific self-seeder
Transplants - as seedlings

Impatiens pallida

Pale Jewelweed is a yellow variety that I found at the Shaker Settlement in New Lebanon, New York. The site is now home to the Darrow School

While my field guides state the plants grow 3 - 5 feet tall these were well over 7 feet high.
Pale Jewelweed
Pale Jewelweed
Spotted Jewelweed
Spotted Jewelweed
Jewelweed foliage
Jewelweed foliage
Jewelweed Seedpod
Seedpod
Jewelweed seedpod - popped
Popped seedpod