I've always been fond of Jewelweed.
Besides the pretty flower, the one reason Jewelweed
got its name becomes apparent if you take one of
the leaves and put it underwater. The silvery look
is very jewel-like. The reason for the name
Touch-me-not, is that the seed capsules means of
disbursal. Touch a ripe seed pot and it will curl
and twist very rapidly shooting seeds a ways away.
Jewelweed generally occurs in large stands,
owing in part to its unique method of disbursing
seeds. Bees and butterflies are the main
pollinators, but hummingbirds have been known to
Scientific tests have given creedence to
Jewelweed's anti-fungal and skin-soothing
properties. Interestingly, it can usually be found
in moist areas where poison Ivy grows and is a
decent 'antidote' for it. Crush the watery stems
and leaves in your hand and rub vigorously on the
affected area. It soothes and helps prevent
spreading of the poison Ivy oils.
This is Jewelweed or
Spotted Touch-me-not, Impatiens capensis.