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Pale Touch-Me-Not

Impatiens pallida

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Flowers yellow, medium-sized, irregular shape.

This version of the familiar touch-me-not has yellow flowers without the obvious spots and markings of the orange Spotted Touch-me-not. During the summer months, it forms thick stands in wet areas, stream banks, and pond edges. The name "touch-me-not" refers to its seed pods, which build up internal pressure as they dry out. When touched, the seed pod rapidly splits open into coiled segments that eject the seeds several inches away, thus aiding dispersal.

The juice of the stem has been traditionally used good for treating rashes, itching, or inflammation of the skin, although there is little research on its actul efficacy.

Also known as Pale or Yellow Jewelweed.

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