FIELD GUIDE TO SHRUBS

Jewelweed
Impatiens capensis

Family: Balsaminaceae

Preferred Habitat: shady marshes, moist forests

Range: Rocky Mountains east, and in the pacific Northwest

Height: 1.5 meters (4.9 feet)

Leaves: alternate, toothed, thin, filament on underside, may have hairs on margine

Flowers: irregular in shape, up to 2.5cm long, orange and yellow, the sack-like back of the flower is actually one of the three sepals

Fruit: 1-3 cm in length, capsule that pops open at maturity or when touched to disperse seeds

Location spotted: Sachar Woods of Brandeis University

Extra information: Juice used to treat skin eruptions from mosquito bites and Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron radicans)