Why are they called Touch Me Not?

Why are they called Touch Me Not?

Edible Plants: Jewelweed. Description: Jewelweed grows to be a wild bush. The Jewelweed is also called a “Touch-Me-Not” because upon touching the ripe seed pods, they explode. The Spotted Touch-Me-Not is orange with spots.

Is jewelweed a succulent?

Jewelweed is an herbaceous plant that grows 3 to 5 feet tall and blooms from late spring to early fall. The flowers are orange (sometimes blood orange or rarely yellow) with a three-lobed corolla; one of the calyx lobes is colored similarly to the corolla and forms a hooked conical spur at the back of the flower.

Is Spotted jewelweed poisonous?

No, the seeds are not poisonous. The answer is much more fun. The seeds are encased in 1/2 to 1 inch long pods. When the ripe pods are touched they explode.

What do the leaves on a jewelweed plant look like?

Jewelweed leaves repel water and allow the morning dew to bead up on them to such a degree they resemble beautiful little crystals. The leaves grow to reach about three inches long, and are more pale on their underbelly than they are on top. The plant is common throughout the Midwest, Eastern, and Northern portions of the United States.

Where can I find jewelweed in the wild?

Jewelweed is found all across Canada and in all but a few of the arid western states. It only grows in semi-shaded wet areas, therefore the annual plants sometimes struggle during a drought. Aside from being a pretty but common wildflower, jewelweed — particularly spotted jewelweed — has an important medical use.

How tall does an orange jewelweed plant grow?

This article is about Impatiens capensis, the plant known as Orange Jewelweed or Spotted Touch-me-not. Jewelweed is a smooth annual plant that grows to 3-5 ft or sometimes taller in the eastern part of North America from Southern Canada to the northern part of Florida.

How long does it take for jewelweed to grow?

The weak stems on the touch-me-not plant are arranged in an alternate pattern. Leaves are toothed and oval shaped on the jewelweed plant. Every spring, new sprouts emerge from the earth, with the plant reaching a mature size before the end of August.