Jewelweed in the wild

MarianBendeth

Toronto, Canada

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2012 Toronto, Canada
Canon PowerShot G11
Focal length 6.1
Exposure 1/80
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Jewelweed, or Impatiens capensis
ewelweed is a short, three to five foot tall annual plant with oval leaves and trumpet-shaped flowers that hang down from the plant like jewels on a necklace. The flowers on the variety known as Pale Jewelweed are yellow, while those of the Spotted Touch-Me-Not are orange, with dark red dots. All Jewelweed seeds “pop” when touched.

Jewelweed grows best in humid woodlands, often in the same places as stinging nettle or poison ivy, both of which it can help protect against. Yet in spite of a folk tradition that says you will find jewelweed growing anywhere there is poison ivy, the plant is actually much less robust and has more specific needs than poison ivy. For example, poison ivy can thrive in either sunny or shady conditions, while Jewelweed needs damp, darker microclimates. Jewelweed especially flourishes along creek beds. It can be found most often along North America’s east coast, from northern Florida to southern Canada, and blooms from May through October.
I think they bear a resemblance to Orchids..

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