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Scientific Name:Impatiens capensis
Common Name(s): Jewelweed
Parts Used: stem, leaf
Rick 22 Jul, 2008
Spotted orange blossoms dangle jewel-like at the end of slender stalks. The flowers appear to be attached at the middle instead of at the end. Visually, much like Nasturtiums. Stems are succulent, watery; leaves look silvery when under water; ripe seedpods spring open when touched lightly. 3-5 ft. (0.9 - 1.5 m). Found in wet shady places, calcareous mountain woods. Flowers July-October. Use as a cooked green; rememdy for Poison Ivy and nettles. The young shoots - up to 6 in. (15 cm) high - can be boiled for 10-15 minutes in 2 changes of water and served as a cooked green; DO NOT DRINK THE COOKING WATER! Washing with the raw juice from the crushed stems and leaves soothe the sting of nettles and is reputed to prevent the rash from Poison Ivy. The young shoots are best found in early spring. The leaves and stems best used in summer.