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Pale Jewelweed (Impatiens pallida)

Pale Jewelweed (Impatiens pallida)

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Robert H. Mohlenbrock @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA SCS. 1991. Southern wetland flora: Field office guide to plant species. South National Technical Center, Fort Worth.

Pale Jewelweed (Impatiens pallida)

AKA: pale touch-me-not, yellow touch-me-not, yellow jewelweed, pale snapweed, jewelweed, waterweed.


Although orange jewelweed (Impatiens capensis) isn't exactly famous, its close cousin, pale jewelweed, is still lesser known. It is essentially the same as orange jewelweed, but its flowers are pale to bright yellow and it grows somewhat taller. One other distinction between pale jewelweed and orange jewelweed is that pale jewelweed can reportedly tolerate dryness better. (Source: Illinois Wildflowers)

Like regular jewelweed, however, pale jewelweed also contains anti-inflammatory, anti-itching chemicals (such as lawsone) that help with poison ivy, and it is generally found growing right alongside Impatiens capensis

Also similar to orange jewelweed, various parts of pale jewelweed were used by Native American tribes for hives, poison ivy rashes, mosquito bites, sores, and the measles, among other diseases. The tribes that utilized pale jewelweed included the Cherokee, the Iroquois, the Ojibwa, and the Omaha. (Source: University of Michigan - Dearborn: Native American Ethnobotany)

For more information on jewelweed's many medicinal properties, see the article on orange jewelweed (Impatiens capensis).

Photographer:  Marty Silver

General Characteristics

Growth habit: forb / herb

Duration: Annual

Maximum Height: 8.2 ft.

Bloom time: July - September

Ecological Preferences: grows in wet / moist soils nearby running water; prefers shade. (According to the University of Wisconsin, it grows more often in deciduous forests than orange jewelweed.)

Animals that use jewelweed: deer, ruby-throated hummingbirds, moths.


Pale jewelweed (Impatiens pallida)

Good Photos of Pale Jewelweed:

University of California, Berkeley

Vanderbilt University



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