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Jewelweed

This is a discussion on Jewelweed within the The Jungle forums, part of the Land Plants category; I didn't pay much attention to these flowers growing up, but living in the city ...

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    I didn't pay much attention to these flowers growing up, but living in the city now makes me appreciate even the small things in nature. During a recent visit to PA, I found that the flowers were rather interesting and worth a closer look.

    Growing up I just knew these flowers as Jewelweed. A ranger at a park once showed me that if you put on of the leaves under water, when the light hits it, the leaf looks silver. Also, if you break the stem of the plant, you can use the juice to treat insect bites. Pretty cool, I think. Here are the orange and the yellow forms.

    PS I had my husband take the pictures--he has the better camera!
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    Cool shots. Thanks for the information too. Never knew that about the insect bites.

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    Interesting stuff about these 'weeds'... just goes to show that even the 'weeds' can be of help!

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    Jewel weed... I always thought, was an interesting plant. Its in the Impatiens genius(which is interesting) and yes very good for insect bites as well as poison ivy. They say "where you find jewel weed you'll find poison ivy, but where there is ivy, you wont always find jewel weed"..lol...This stuff grows alot in massachusetts but mostly in moist areas..........

    idk....there is my 2 cents......but i always liked this flower

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    I knew about using it on poison ivy but didn't know about insect bites...It grows in my wet woodlands as well.

    The yellow one is Impatiens pallida. The orange Impatiens capensis.

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    Fortunately we did not see or touch any poison ivy that day. Thank you for the proper/latin names.

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    if you didn't see it how are you sure you didn't touch it...lol
    I have never seen an environment that jewel weed grows that doesn't support poison ivy...like my woods at home. So far I am fortunate...don't seem to have an allergic reaction to it...not so for my poor wife. A year rarely goes by that she doesn't get poison ivy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron-NY View Post
    if you didn't see it how are you sure you didn't touch it...lol
    I have never seen an environment that jewel weed grows that doesn't support poison ivy...like my woods at home. So far I am fortunate...don't seem to have an allergic reaction to it...not so for my poor wife. A year rarely goes by that she doesn't get poison ivy.
    Well, if we did touch it, it didn't make us itch. I'm sorry for your wife, though.

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    I wonder if the dog and cat get the oil on their coats and she gets it from them

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