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PlantFiles: Pale Jewel Weed, Pale Touch-Me-Not, Yellow Jewelweed
Impatiens pallida

Family: Balsaminaceae
Genus: Impatiens (im-PAY-shuns) (Info)
Species: pallida (PAL-lid-duh) (Info)

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10 members have or want this plant for trade.


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Very high moisture needs; suitable for bogs and water gardens
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season
This plant is resistant to deer

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive plant_it On May 22, 2013, plant_it from Valparaiso, IN wrote:

This is my favorite woodland plant. I actually smile when I see it coming up. "Yellow Jewel" as I call it, is beneficial to lots of wildlife. The nectar of the flowers attracts the Ruby-Throated Hummingbird and bumblebees. I believe the large number of hummingbirds I have near my house is due to all the Yellow Jewel I have in my woods.

Yellow Jewel is also an important natural food source for deer and one of their favorite. They wait until the plant is about a foot high, then they chomp down and eat the top part - all the leaves and some of the stem. They do not pull the entire plant out, so the plant itself is not destroyed and will grow back (nature's pruners). The stem of Yellow Jewel is very juicy. Hit one with a weed wacker and you'll see what I mean. Makes me wonder if it's a water source for them. Deer lose interest in Yellow Jewels at the end of summer. Especially if the plant is in a mostly sunny area, it becomes quite large and at the end of the season the stem loses that tender, juicy quality the deer's love.

Also loved by rabbits! Today I saw a rabbit going from plant to plant munching on Yellow Jewel leaves. She would eat half the leaves on a plant (not the stalk) and move on to the next Yellow Jewel.

The juice of this plant (found in the stem) is also quite beneficial to humans. Break one open and rub it on your skin to relieve the itchiness of poison ivy or the sting of stinging nettle.

The caterpillars of various moths feed on the foliage, including Euchlaena obtusaria (Obtuse Euchlaena), Spilosoma latipennis (Pink-Legged Tiger Moth), Trichodezia albovittata (White-Striped Black), and Xanthorhoe lacustrata (Toothed Brown Carpet). The large seeds are eaten by various gamebirds, including the Ruffed Grouse, Ring-Necked Pheasant, Greater Prairie Chicken, and Bobwhite Quail. The White-Footed Mouse also eats the seeds.

Lastly, I leave you with this passage about Yellow Jewel from the website
"The near translucent stalks glow luminously as they hold aloft a canopy of soft green leaves glittering with dew hence the common name, 'Jewelweed.' Children will delight in touching the ripe fruit, sending forth an explosive shower of seeds throughout the area. Finally, the toughness of this species lends itself well for even the most difficult corners of a garden."

Neutral laura10801 On Aug 17, 2007, laura10801 from Fairfield County, CT (Zone 6b) wrote:

Here in lower Connecticut, it is a weed. I am forever pulling it up, but they certainly aren't as invasive as a lot of other plants, and they are pretty. They are growing in a very rocky area with clay soil, and if I wasn't attempting to grow ivy there i would be tempted to just let it have its run of things.

Neutral Equilibrium On Jan 28, 2006, Equilibrium wrote:

Pretty plant but too much of a good thing can be unsightly and Jewelweed can be a tad weedy. For what it's worth, they pull out very easily by hand if you notice overcrowding. Oddball deal with this plant is that you can use the juice to relieve the itch of poison ivy and the burning of stinging nettle (which coincidentally often share the same habitat) but if you or your animals eat any of the leaves, you will probably be quite sick for a while.

Neutral NatureWalker On Aug 30, 2004, NatureWalker from New York & Terrell, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

This plants' habit is to grow under and along the edges of thickets, in dappled light to full shade. Often found in and around the edges of moist woods and damp meadows.

It should be a warning to you that poison ivy could be growing nearby; as well as other plants that may have thorns.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Ottawa, Illinois
Floyds Knobs, Indiana
Indianapolis, Indiana
Valparaiso, Indiana
Linwood, Kansas
Valley Lee, Maryland
Deposit, New York
Nanuet, New York
Bowling Green, Ohio
Cincinnati, Ohio
Dover, Ohio
Millersburg, Pennsylvania
West Chester, Pennsylvania (2 reports)
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Mc Minnville, Tennessee
Austin, Texas
Ellsworth, Wisconsin

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