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Impatiens capensis & Impatiens pallida

Spotted Jewelweed & Pale Jewelweed

Family Balsaminaceae

Cooked green. Boil young shoots (no larger than
15cm or 6in) for
10-15 minutes in two changes of water.


Growth Form: Medium to tall herbaceous plant.

Leaves: Dull green, sometimes blueish in color, silvery when wet. Alternate, ovate, somewhat wider at the base and gradually tapering to tip, with rounded shallow teeth, hairless.

Flower and leaf (Emily Silver. Peru, MA)
Spotted Jewelweed, flower and leaf

Pale Jewelweed flower (Hannah Ramer. Waltham, MA)
Pale Jewelweed

Flowers: For Spotted Jewelweed, yellow-orange funnel-shaped pendant blossoms, spotted with reddish-orange. For Pale Jewelweed, they are yellow to pale yellow May through September/October.

Fruits: Small green seed capsule or pod.

Stem: Dull green, sometimes blueish, hairless, watery and succulent.

Habitat and Range

Shady, and moist habitats from Canada south to Oklahoma, Alabama, and Florida.


Harvest young shoots in early spring.

Fun Facts

It is also commonly called touch-me-not, because ripe seed pods burst when touched.

The crushed raw stems and leaves is thought to be a remedy for poison ivy.

Jewelweed habitat (Hannah Ramer. Peru, MA)

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