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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.]
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(Botany) botany any plant of the genus Impatiens
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(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.]
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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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It took me about an hour to reach the spot, and, along the way, I came across a world a little removed from the downtown garden experience, including trailside areas full of sweet gum seedlings, wild carrot and jewelweed.
8) Impatiens, jewelweed, touch-me-not, or snapweed (Impatiens capensis).
I've had good success using aloe, burdock, castor, chickweed, comfrey, dandelion, jewelweed, marshmallow, mullein, and plantain for making poultices.
Jewelweed, Impatiens capensis, reduces rash development following poison ivy (PI) exposure, Toxicodendron radicans.
Fallen branches there had snagged old leaves into what resembled islands on the windswept tar, some of them tufted with jewelweed, like hammocks in the Everglades.
Based on these studies, Zanfel, a mixture of alcohol-soluble and anionic surfactant, may be somewhat effective, but pimecrolimus and jewelweed extract were no more effective than placebo.
There are several homeopathic remedies out there, some with jewelweed which is supposedly the antidote.
Several herbaceous species were dominant across seeps, including (in order of importance): wood nettles (Laporlea canadensis), branch lettuce (Micranthes micranthidifolia), turtlehead (Chelone sp.), scarlet beebalm (Monarda didyma), pale jewelweed (Impatiens pallida), foamflower (Tiarella cordifolia), white wood aster (Eurybia divaricala), and green-headed coneflower (Rudbeckia laciniata; Appendix 1).
"The jewelweed has special oils in it that can ease poison ivy."
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.
During the summer and fall, it is nothing but dead leaves, and perhaps some jewelweed, but, even though this brook lacks the sparkling and gurgling of other brooks that are celebrated in song, "we love the things we love for what they are." Similarly, "Prufrock" and "The Wasteland," although great works, were followed in Eliot's career by truly religious works such as The Four Quartets, which were composed firmly in the Modernist period.
Stems of wild impatiens (Impatiens capensis), also known as touch-me-nots or jewelweed, contain a gel similar to aloe, which can also soothe poison rash.