Transformational Gardening

Disclaimer: Foraging can be fun, rewarding and provide health benefits. As a novice forager, I will be sharing my foraging experiences. However, in order to be safe, always consult with local foraging experts and guidebooks before beginning foraging. Children should learn to forage safely by being guided by experienced adults. Never ingest anything unless you are certain of the identification and safety of the plant. Some plant species are inedible and some are poisonous.

Jewelweed (Spotted Touch-me-not) (Impatiens capensis): Images

Date Location Notes Images
August 1, 2009 Southeastern, New Hampshire Very distinctive flowers hanging by a thread from the leaf stem. Plant stems were redish-brown as described in the 1912 Wildflowers of New England document and not the pale-green translucent stems as described in the guidebooks. Perhaps later in the year the stems change color? The stems are hollow.
August 4, 2009 Southeastern, New Hampshire The first picture on the left is not my picture, but one I borrowed from Wikimedia in order to display one good picture of the flower. The picture on the right is picked Jewelweed and the picture below is Jewelweed topical tea. It is used externally to prevent and cure poison ivy and nettle stings.

Jewelweed tea directions:

  • Bring 3 cups of water with Jewelweed to a boil.
  • Turn down heat and simmer on low for 20-40 minutes.
  • Let cool and put in jar with some Jewelweed branches and leaves.
August 6, 2009 Southeastern, New Hampshire Noticed this Jewelweed within 100 yards of my garden. More available here than I found on the trail on August 4, 2009. The last picture on the bottom right was taken with my new iPhone 3GS camera. It is much better with close-up images than the old iPhone 3G.
May 24, 2010 Southeastern, New Hampshire I came across last year's stand of Jewelweed. Last year, I made a tea to be used topically to treat poison ivy. It is important to learn to recognize plants in different seasons. Notice how light (almost translucent) green the leaves are. When I step back, the Jewelweed plants always look much lighter than surrounding plants.
August 10, 2010 Southeastern, New Hampshire Made sure to snap a few pictures of mature Jewelweed this year.
September 2, 2011 Southeastern, New Hampshire Better quality pictures.
May 9, 2012 Southeastern, New Hampshire Very young Jewelweed.