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Jewelweed
Impatiens capensis

a.k.a. Spotted Touch-me-not

Annual herb that grows 3-5' tall in wet areas. An annual that can be used to revegetate an area quickly. It is an important nectar source. Plants only live one year.

USDA symbol: IMCA

General Information

Plant TypeForb
Height2 to 5 feet
Light ExposurePart Sun, Shade, Sun
Soil MoistureMedium, Wet
Bloom ColorOrange, Red, Yellow
Jewelweed (Jewelweed<div><em class="small">Impatiens capensis</em></div>)
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Tolerances

Flooding / Inundation ToleranceHigh
General Resilience5
Salt ToleranceNone
Stress ToleranceFire Tolerant, General Disturbance

Pollinator Value: Very High

Bloom MonthsJuly to September
Pollinator BenefitInsect Pollinated, Provides Nectar, Supports Specialists

Project Planning

Project TypeRestoration
Coefficient of Conservatism3
Herbivore SensitivityLow
LifespanAnnual
Rate of SpreadSlow
Soil StabilizationDeep
Vegetative ReproductionAbsent

Range

CountyAitkin, Anoka, Becker, Beltrami, Benton, Big Stone, Blue Earth, Brown, Carlton, Carver, Cass, Chisago, Clay, Clearwater, Cook, Cottonwood, Crow Wing, Dakota, Dodge, Douglas, Faribault, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Grant, Hennepin, Houston, Hubbard, Isanti, Itasca, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Kittson, Koochiching, Lac qui, Lake, Lake of the Woods, Le Sueur, Lincoln, Lyon, Mahnomen, Marshall, Martin, McLeod, Meeker, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Mower, Nicollet, Nobles, Olmsted, Otter Tail, Pennington, Pine, Polk, Pope, Ramsey, Redwood, Rice, Rock, Roseau, Sherburne, Sibley, St. Louis, Stearns, Steele, Swift, Todd, Wabasha, Wadena, Waseca, Washington, Watonwan, Wilkin, Winona, Wright
EcoregionDriftless Area, Lake Agassiz Plain, North Central Hardwood Forests, Northern Glaciated Plains, Northern Lakes and Forests, Northern Minnesota Wetlands, Western Cornbelt Plains
Approximate Eco ProvinceEastern Broadleaf Forest, Laurentian Mixed Forest, Prairie Parkland, Tallgrass Aspen Parklands