Spotted Touch-me-not

Here’s a plant I photographed recently in a forest on Prince Edward Island. This ‘Lady Slipper’ looking plant is actually commonly known as ‘Spotted Touch-me-not’ (Impatiens capensis) but is equally well known across North America as Jewelweed, Orange Jewelweed or Orange Balsam. This attractive annual succulent plant can often be found in wooded wetlands and it is popular with hummingbirds, bees and butterflies. They are said to have some medicinal properties with fungicides from the stem fluids supposedly good for treating athletes foot and poison ivy irritations. However, the berries are toxic to humans and should never be ingested – heed the name ‘Touch-me-not’!

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