by Anne Knoflicek
Jewelweed, Impatiens capensis, is a flowering plant with beautiful orange horn shaped blossoms that bloom from early summer and into the fall. It is also known as spotted touch-me-not, because of how the mature seeds spring out from the pod when touched.
Jewelweed tends to grow in moist soil, often near creeks or streams.
The juicy stems and leaves can provide some cooling ease from the irritating itch of the poison ivy rash. If applied soon enough after coming into contact with poison ivy, it can sometimes help ward off the rash from appearing at all.