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Upon Receipt Of Your Plants
Open your plants and inspect the same day received. We offer 3 days to report any problems with your order. Bare root plants need to be planted within 2-3 days of receipt unless weather prohibits. Store in a cool place and keep roots moist and covered with plastic until they can be planted. Water daily for the first week after planting.
Spotted Touch Me Not Perennial Plants
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, and it is 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, Spotted Touch Me Nots propagate quite 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 its 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.
Spotted Touch Me Not is recognized by its showy, horn-shaped, and dangling orange/yellow blossoms with deep reddish-brown spots inside. 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 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 yet another argument for the "jewelweed" name.
Jewelweed typically grows two to five feet in height. It prefers shade to partial shade and thrives in soggy soils. It can be found naturally along riverbanks and 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 difficult to transplant, it is quite 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 top of 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.