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Impatiens (Spotted Touch Me Not) Perennial Plants Are Easy To Grow
Impatiens or Spotted Touch Me Not, commonly called Jewelweed, is a summer-blooming wildflower that thrives in hardiness zones 2 to 11. Its botanical name is Impatiens capensis, a member of the Balsaminaceae family.
Impatiens, Latin for "impatience," is an apt label for this plant, as is the Touch Me Not moniker. When ripe, the plants' thin seed pods will contract, coil then burst from even the slightest touch.
As a result, even though they are considered annuals, these perennials propagate pretty freely, and gardeners who include them in their beds will need to keep on top of them.
There is some disagreement about how Jewelweed came by its name. Some would argue that the flower blossoms hang like pendant necklaces from their branches, while others attribute their name to the plants' bedazzling orange/yellow color when hit by sunlight.
Other words include Snapweed, Spotted Snapweed, Silver Leaf, and Silver-cap Lady's Eardrops.
This perennial is recognized by its showy, horn-shaped, and dangling orange/yellow blossoms with deep reddish-brown spots. These flowers are about one inch in size, but the plants also have a second, less noticeable set of flowers that do not open.
This second set of flowers tends to contain the most seeds allowing the plant to be self-pollinating. Spotted Touch Me does Not have waterproof, oval foliage with wide-spaced teeth and distinct leaf stalks.
Their stems are pale green. When rainwater hits the leaves' waterproof quality, it tends to bead up and glisten in the sun, creating another argument for the "jewelweed" name.
Impatiens or Jewelweed typically grow two to five feet in height. It prefers shade to partial shade and thrives in soggy soils.
This perennial can be found naturally along riverbanks, ponds, thickets, and swampy, marshy areas. The trumpet-like nature of the flowers entices hummingbirds. Butterflies and bees are also attracted to its nectar.
This plant is most useful in flower beds where non-native weeds threaten to take over certain areas, and it is often planted for added interest around water features. Companion plants include ferns, columbine, and astilbe.
Although the plant's taproot makes jewelweed complex to transplant, it is pretty easily propagated from seeds. Seeds are best germinated if first stored for two or three months in the refrigerator.
After the risk of frost has passed, scatter them freely on moist soil but do not cover them as they require sunlight to grow. After they have taken root, cover them with a thick layer of mulch to maintain soil moisture.
Although cultivated as an ornamental plant, Native Americans used Spotted Touch Me Not for several medicinal purposes.
Cherokee tribes used its leaves to treat measles, while the Chippewa used the stems to treat rashes. Homeopathic remedies suggest a salve from the plant's leaves can be an effective treatment for poison ivy, burns, rashes, and insect bites.
Spotted Touch Me Not Plant
This plant is often called Jewelweed. This plant thrives in shaded areas where it will stay consistently moist in growing zones 2 to 11.
This attractive option usually grows to be about two feet tall, and it often spreads to be about 2.5 feet wide. The spotted touch-me-not plant will grow taller and broader until late summer.
This plant produces flowers on single-leaf axils in the summer. The orange flowers that may have a yellow tinge have reddish-brown spotting. These dangling flowers are often about one inch long. They have a unique cornucopia shape and rear spurs.
If you examine this plant closely, you will also notice flower buds that never open. These buds are minuscular and appear on the lower part of the plant. It can be tough to see them because their beautiful foliage often hides them.
After the flowers fade in the fall, this plant puts on seed capsules. If you bump the capsules, they will split open and disperse the seeds. The following spring, the seeds will sprout and grow into another plant.
While this plant is annual, you can count on it reappearing in the spring for many years because of its ability to dispense seeds.
This perennial also has bluish-green leaves that are oval with very coarse teeth. Each leaf can be up to 3.5 inches long. Each leaf can be up to one inch wide. Leaves appear alternatively, with one leaf appearing on each leaf node.
The spotted perennial plant's leaves are unusual because they have a special coating that repels water. While water usually drops off, if the leaf is horizontal, the water drops stay on the leaves and look like sparkling jewels.
Why Choose this perennial plant?
You will find this plant beneficial for several reasons. First, if you get a case of poison ivy, rub some of the juice from this plant on the spot, and the itching will stop.
Secondly, this colorful plant is a great way to attract hummingbirds and butterflies to your yard. It is a very healthy option that most pests will leave alone.
This plant thrives in soils where others often have trouble growing. Therefore, it is a beautiful addition to low spots in your landscaping or a native plant garden.
If you have a water feature in your landscaping, consider planting this option alongside. It also does well in clay and other soils, where many plants have trouble pushing their roots through the soil.