Spotted Touch-Me-Not (Jewelweed)

Impatiens carpensis

Family Balsaminaceae

Notable Features
Leaves: Ovate*, scalloped*, alternate*, green leaves that look silvery in color when submerged in water. Stems are thick and full of water.
Flowers: Pale-yellow flowers appear July through October, dangling from the ends of stems. Three petals are apparent and surround a central basket-like extension from the back of the flower. Seed pods, when ripe, explode and disperse when touched.
Size/ Shape: A wetland and shade loving plant 3 to 5 feet (1-1½ m) in height.

Location on Campus

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Can be found growing on the edge of the stream in the Chapel's Field Wetland behind the library.

Young shoots* under six inches can be collected and boiled in two changes of water for 10 to 15 minutes and served as a cooked green.

WARNING: Do not drink the water shoots are boiled in. However, the watery substance found in the stems and leaves that is boiled off can be used as a remedy for poison ivy and nettle stings. FOR EXTERNAL USE ONLY.

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