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Jewel Weed

Impatiens capensis

Found: in wet, shady soil throughout our area

Height: 1-1.5 meters (3-5 feet)

Leaves: are oval shaped and toothed. Toward the bottom of the plant they are opposite; leaves on top are alternate.

Flowers: have a characteristic pendant-like shape with red spots

Uses: crushed leaves can be made into a poultice to treat a rash or inflamed skin, including irritation from Poison Ivy. Lawsone, a component of Jewel Weed leaves, has reported antihistamine and anti-inflammatory activity.

Several Jewel Weed plants