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Any of several plants of the genus Impatiens having yellowish spurred flowers and five-valved seedpods that burst if touched when ripe. Also called touch-me-not.

[Perhaps from the fact that dew and rainwater collect in jewellike beads on their water-repellent leaves.]


(Botany) botany any plant of the genus Impatiens


(ˈdʒu əlˌwid)

any of several plants belonging to the genus Impatiens, of the balsam family, having yellow spurred flowers and a seedpod that bursts to the touch when ripe.
[1810–20, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.jewelweed - North American annual plant with usually yellow or orange flowersjewelweed - North American annual plant with usually yellow or orange flowers; grows chiefly on wet rather acid soil
herb, herbaceous plant - a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
genus Impatiens - annual or perennial herbs with stems more or less succulent; cosmopolitan except for South America, Australia, and New Zealand
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Indians used the slightly soothing oil from jewelweed, which conveniently tends to grow in the same habitat as poison ivy.
Many people use jewelweed to rub all over if they suspect contact from poison ivy.
Their reclining carcasses poke patterns of sun-bleached, gray roots and branches above the jewelweed and muck.
However, you just might find one of nature's own remedies growing in the same area as the poison ivy: jewelweed.
Jewelweed will sometimes reach a height of four feet, under favorable growing conditions.
Based on seasonal availability, plants could include: Wild Geranium, Large Beard-tongue, Foxglove Beardtongue, Fall Phlox, Sweet William, Creeping Phlox, Turk's Cap Lily, Swamp Milkweed (to host Monarch butterflies), New England aster, Switchgrass, Big Bluestem grass, Black-eyed Susan, Jewelweed, Woolly Ragwort, Blue Waxweed, Purple Tridens grass, spearmint, peppermint, oregano, and sage.
milkweed Asclepias Green milkweed Clinebell II viridis Walter 2003 Asteraceae Taraxacum Common Norden 1984 officinale dandelion Wiggers Balsaminaceae Impatiens Jewelweed Norden 1984 pallida Nutt.
As we entered the marsh, we were greeted by a host of bright colors: orange jewelweed, groundnuts blooming in purple, white turtlehead, blue-eyed grass and dozens of shades of green from the trees and vines lining the boardwalk One sharp-eyed member of the group spotted a black rat snake moving just off the trail.
But there is no scientific evidence that jewelweed, feverfew, plantain or other herbal remedies prevent or cure a urushiol-induced rash.
SYN: Impatiens biflora Walter; Orange jewelweed, spotted touch-me-not; Old-fields, meadows, open woodlands; Abundant and widespread; C = 2; BSUH 17978.