Sunday, August 30, 2009

Jewelweed or Touch-me-not

Is this not exotic looking? The name Jewelweed comes from the "jewel like" look of the water drops that collect on the leaves. The flowers are rather small, perhaps an inch in height and a view from the side would show that they are elongated. This plant is also known as Touch-me-not, touching the ripe seed pods will eject the seeds up to three feet. They are beautiful, growing en masse out by the culvert. Bees and Hummingbirds like them. The juice from the leaves and stem have been used to control the itching of poison oak and poison ivy. Please click on the picture for a closer look at the "jewels".

2 comments:

  1. That is the prettiest weed I have ever seen. You are a real advocate for weedy beauty. It is so interesting. Most of us keep the weeks cut down and are never aware of the blooms that come on a fully developed plant. This is a great contribution to the gardening world.
    QMM

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  2. Beautiful photo! I don't remember seen the flower.

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