Jan. 24, 2017

pale touch-me-not, Impatiens pallida

At Cracker Barrel, if you have to wait for seating, there is much to browse through. But if your not into candy and nostalgia, who knows what you might find outside. This one was growing along the back edge of their parking lot. Fortunately it had just stopped raining. This native Impatiens, like its garden cousin, disperses its seeds explosively. Countless kids, including me, have enjoyed touching the pods and having them blast their seeds around. This grows in wet ground wherever its annual seedlings can get a start, in AL, AR, CT, DC, DE, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MA, MD, ME(S), MI MN, MO, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, VA, VT, WI, WV, NB, NF, NS, ON, and QC. Saginaw Co MI, 9/26/10