Impatiens capensis (Jewelweed) - photos and description







General: Large annual wetland plants, with leafy stems, stems hollow, often reddish in colour. Plants glabrous.

Flowers: Flowers irregular yellow-orange, spotted red. Flowers measured to 2 cm long and 1.5 cm wide, growing in clusters of 2-4 in upper leaf axils.

Leaves: Leaves alternate, ovate, toothed, leaf highlighted above was 8 cm long and 4.5 cm wide.

Height: Height listed in Budd's Flora to 150 cm, we measured plants to 125 cm tall.

Habitat: Banks of streams and lakes, edges of beaver swamps.

Abundance: Common.

Origin: Native.

Similar species: Similar species, Impatiens noli-tangere has un-spotted, yellow flowers.

When and where photographed: The above photos were taken July 21st, along beaver dams, Duck Mountain Provincial Park, 300 km north east of our home in Regina, SK.