Oct. 27, 2017

spotted touch-me-not, Impatiens capensis

Spotted touch-me-not or jewelweed is an annual of damp places. It's easily crushed, producing a lot of sap. Indians used the juice to treat a variety of skin problems, including poison ivy. I know someone who tried it. When you have PI you'll try anything! Unfortunately, it didn't work. It does seem to me that it works for nettle stings. Or maybe they just go away fairly quickly anyway. The plant also produced a yellow-orange dye. Spotted touch-me-not grows in every state except AK, AZ, CA, HI, MT, NM, NV, UT, and WY, in all of Canada except NF, and on SPM. It has become naturalized in most of north and west Europe. Ives Fen Preserve, Lenawee Co MI, 8/14/10.