Height: 24-36 in. (60-90 cm) 36-48 in. (90-120 cm) 4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
Spacing: 18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
Hardiness: Not Applicable
Sun Exposure: Partial to Full Shade
Bloom Color: Red-Orange Gold (Yellow-Orange)
Bloom Time: Mid Summer Late Summer/Early Fall
Other details: This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season
Soil pH requirements: 5.6 to 6.0 (acidic) 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
Patent Information: Non-patented
Propagation Methods: From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
Seed Collecting: Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
This plant grows wild in my back yard along an east-facing creek bank with no help from me. It blooms profusely for well over a month and is about 5 feet tall! It is a beautiful, unique plant; I almost hate to call it a weed.
Bees love this.
On Aug 6, 2010, Lillylila from Cannelton, IN wrote:
I love this weed and so do butterflies, hummingbirds and moths. It's at the edge of my woods by a creek and there's always lots of insects enjoying it's nectar. It's a keeper and is great for a wildlife habitat along with other perennials and annuals in the garden.
On May 14, 2010, Kim_M from Hamburg, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:
I have to say...I do love this plant. And want to comment on the germination of the seeds. I've heard some say the seeds have to be fresh to germinate. An only want to try fresh seeds. This plant in my opinion and studies will not germinate the same year the seed is produced. This plant also will not germinate without cold treatment. Regardless if the seed is 10 years old or not. If it doesn't get a cold/moist season it wont be coming up! With all that being said..Once you have one plant you will see it forever. Therefore be careful where you plant it because it will be there to stay. Easy to spot and pull unwanted seedlings. It is an annual..
On Sep 14, 2009, Baileydog6 from North Billerica, MA wrote:
I have this wild plant on the edge of my woods. The deer eat this plant and leave my other plants alone. I am greatful for it as the deer dont come into my yard, but eat the big patch of jewelweed growing on the edge. I also enjoy how it looks. I havent seen hummingbirds on it though. But have seen many on my other flowers in my yard.
On Aug 12, 2008, ridgebax1 from Pittsburgh, PA (Zone 6a) wrote:
I remember having this plant in my yard growing up and loved to pop the seed heads. I have always seen the orange or yellow variety. Has anyone ever seen this plant in a lavender and white variety? I saw some plants at our local zoo and collected some seeds. Should they be planted outside now or in the spring?
On Sep 19, 2004, julie88 from Muscoda, WI (Zone 4b) wrote:
Folklore tells us that the Spotted Jewel Weed usually grows right next to the poison ivy that it relieves. In my case, that's absolutely true. It does grow adjacent to poison ivy in my neck of the woods...and it has definitely kept me out of trouble while trying to get rid of the poisonous plant in my flower beds. If I accidently "whip" poison ivy across my bare skin, I immediately crush the Spotted Jewel Weed leaves in my hands and rub them over the area, I'm assured that I'll not break out. For me, it works better than anything I can buy at the drugstore.
So wherever Spotted Jewel Weed chooses to put itself in my yard, it's an honored guest. :-)
On Jul 10, 2004, CatskillKarma from West Kill, NY wrote:
I like the way this stuff looks, but it self-seeds prolifically in my damp yard and along roadsides and waste places in elsewhere in the Catskills. My Woodstock friends tell me it is a mild hallucinogen.
On Jul 9, 2004, possumtrot from Calvert City, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:
I found this plant in my back yard of Western Kentucky. It is used as a natural herbal remedy for : poison ivy/oak, okra spines, stinging nettle and soothes bug bites and razor burn. The seeds are considered edible if you can catch them because they explode when touched. You can blend the stems and leaves with a little water and freeze in ice cube trays of simply crush and rub stem on poison ivy rash. The orange & red trumpet shaped flower has 3 petels and is 'strongly zygomorphic'. The stem and sepal are attached near the face of the flower and petels extend downward. Leaves are pale green and soft, ovated w/ rounded teeth. Seed's are elongated corn-ear-shaped 1 inch long with 4 flaps that come together. Flowers are 1 inch long and it flowers from July to Sept. If the leaf is held under water it has a silver sheen. Be careful because this plant is usually found near poison ivy/oak. Likes shade and plenty of water.
On Apr 5, 2004, JenniesWorld from Spencer, WV wrote:
This magnificent wild impatiens sports a beautiful orange or yellow flower (Pale Jewelweed), like a small Orchid. They grow in profusion in West Virginia and Pennsylvania, particularly in moist areas. The stem is fleshy and the sap has definite beneficial uses. When applied to the skin, it stops the itch of insect bites, poison ivy, nettle stings, and athlete's foot. It contains a natural fungicide (Reader's Digest North American Wldlife). We have used the sap and it definitely works!
Seeds are in a long pod that is "spring loaded" with the seeds being propelled out almost explosively when touched! To gather seed, clasp palm around the ripe pod and keep hand closed to prevent losing the seed. They open themselves if ripe. If pods do not "pop" when touched, they are not ready to gather. The plants also self-seed.
Plants can reach up to five or six feet in ideal conditions, but are more usually two to four feet in height. They grow well on creek banks.
The small Carpenter Bees, Bumble Bees, and Orchard bees love these flowers and are the prime pollenators.
Soon after blooming the plant will form small, bean like pods that when mature will pop open when touched expelling the seeds in all directions. It is best to have a zip lock plastic bag placing it over the seed pod then touching the pod to cause it to open. Seeds can be planted immediatly in wet soil or sand and it does very well as a margin plant in a home pond and will grow in water alone. seeds can be saved till fall ,but do not allow them to dry out. This is a great humming bird plant. Due to the high moisture content of the stems, this plant will die after a solid freeze.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Auburn, Alabama Morrilton, Arkansas Calistoga, California San Leandro, California East Windsor, Connecticut Divernon, Illinois Bremen, Indiana Cannelton, Indiana Homecroft, Indiana Overland Park, Kansas Barbourville, Kentucky Benton, Kentucky Flemingsburg, Kentucky Melbourne, Kentucky Prospect, Kentucky Caribou, Maine Winthrop, Maine Brookeville, Maryland Cresaptown-bel Air, Maryland Valley Lee, Maryland Acton, Massachusetts Cordaville, Massachusetts East Brookfield, Massachusetts North Billerica, Massachusetts South Weymouth, Massachusetts Worcester, Massachusetts Atlanta, Michigan Brown City, Michigan Dearborn Heights, Michigan Erie, Michigan Gaines, Michigan Ludington, Michigan Paris, Michigan Saint Helen, Michigan Hibbing, Minnesota Minneapolis, Minnesota St Paul, Minnesota (2 reports) Woodland, Minnesota Cole Camp, Missouri Piedmont, Missouri Ramblewood, New Jersey Baxter Estates, New York Deposit, New York Jamesville, New York Rotterdam, New York West Kill, New York Boone, North Carolina Glen Raven, North Carolina Centerburg, Ohio Glouster, Ohio Saint Martin, Ohio Springboro, Ohio Williamsburg, Ohio Cheshire, Oregon Salem, Oregon Allentown, Pennsylvania Cranberry Twp, Pennsylvania Hatfield, Pennsylvania Laflin, Pennsylvania Lebanon, Pennsylvania Millersburg, Pennsylvania Northwest Harborcreek, Pennsylvania Valencia, Pennsylvania South Kingstown, Rhode Island Fair Play, South Carolina Austin, Texas Merrimac, Virginia South Boston, Virginia Covington, Washington Liberty, West Virginia Ellsworth, Wisconsin Muscoda, Wisconsin Pewaukee, Wisconsin