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Okay, lessee if I can squeeze this one in before I have to leave for church.

Found this yesterday near the last one - growing on the woodpile.





Any ideas?
 

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That's a Touch-Me-Not (Impatiens capensis). The seed pod is fantastically engineered so it explodes when even lightly touched, flinging the seed feet away from the mother plant.

Kids love them.
 

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Another common name is Jewel Weed.

The juice is a good treatment for poison ivy.
 

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Cyngbaeld said:
Another common name is Jewel Weed.

The juice is a good treatment for poison ivy.
Yup. If you ever come to our place and find my husband down in the bottom rolling in this stuff you'll know he trying to cure his poison ivy rash. LOL...
 

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The leaves are waterproof. Water drops bead up on the leaves, and a leaf held underwater has a silver sheen. When taken out of the water it should be totally dry.
Indians boiled the leaves for stomach cramps, and used the flowers for dyes.
 

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I've seen these here, growing in cool, shady places. Always wondered what they were. Thanks for posting, Chuck, this is so interesting......Margo
 
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