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Impatiens pallida (Yellow Jewelweed)

Pale Touch-me-not, Yellow Jewelweed

Impatiens pallida, Pale Touch-me-not, Yellow Jewelweed, Yellow Flowers, Yellow Impatiens
Impatiens pallida, Pale Touch-me-not, Yellow Jewelweed, Yellow Flowers, Yellow Impatiens

Noted for its aesthetically pleasing flowers, Impatiens pallida (Yellow Jewelweed) is a tall, leafy annual boasting pendent yellow blossoms with decorative reddish flecks and a large cornucopia-shaped pouch with a long nectar spur at the back that curves underneath the rest of the flower. Blooming from early summer until frost, the interesting flowers dangle like porcelain earrings from the leaf axils. They are visited by bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and other important pollinators. The succulent, weak, and watery stems are clothed with oval, toothed, blue-green leaves to 5 in. long (12 cm). The flowers are followed by slender seed capsules that burst with the slightest touch, dispersing the seeds a great distance, hence the common name of touch-me-not. Yellow Jewelweed is a widespread plant that occurs in moist, semi-shady areas throughout northern and eastern North America. It makes a lovely addition to native plant gardens and is suitable only for wet natural gardens, along streams and ponds or bog gardens, where it can roam freely. Fruits can be toxic to humans, especially children if ingested.

  • Grows up to 24-60 in. tall (60-150 cm) and 24-36 in. wide (60-90 cm).
  • Performs best in part shade in humus-rich, wet soils. Tolerates full shade. Yellow Jewelweed also tolerates full sun and mesic conditions.
  • No serious pest or disease issues.
  • Great for shady and moist areas such as woodland gardens, bog gardens or near ponds and streams.
  • Propagate by seed.
  • Native to North America.

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 - 8
Plant Type Annuals
Plant Family Balsaminaceae
Genus Impatiens
Common names Impatiens
Exposure Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 2' - 5'
(60cm - 150cm)
Spread 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spacing 24" (60cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Midwest, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Northeast, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Southeast, Southwest, Tennessee, United States, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin
Tolerance Full Shade
Attracts Bees, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Impatiens stenantha (Narrow-Flowered Balsam)
Impatiens balsamina (Garden Balsam)
Impatiens tinctoria (Dyers Busy Lizzie)
Impatiens niamniamensis (Parrot Plant)
Impatiens omeiana (Hardy Impatiens)
Impatiens arguta (Toothed Busy Lizzie)

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Lobelia cardinalis (Cardinal Flower)
Hibiscus coccineus (Scarlet Rose Mallow)
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Requirements

Hardiness 3 - 8
Plant Type Annuals
Plant Family Balsaminaceae
Genus Impatiens
Common names Impatiens
Exposure Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 2' - 5'
(60cm - 150cm)
Spread 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spacing 24" (60cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Midwest, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Northeast, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Southeast, Southwest, Tennessee, United States, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin
Tolerance Full Shade
Attracts Bees, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow
How Many Plants
Do I Need?
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