Impatiens Species, 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)



Water Requirements:

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Very high moisture needs; suitable for bogs and water gardens

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade

Partial to Full Shade



This plant is resistant to deer

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


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)


Not Applicable

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Pale Yellow

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

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

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed


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

Ottawa, Illinois

Floyds Knobs, Indiana

Indianapolis, Indiana

Valparaiso, Indiana

Iowa City, Iowa

Linwood, Kansas

Valley Lee, Maryland

Deposit, New York

Nanuet, New York

Bowling Green, Ohio

Cincinnati, Ohio

Columbus, Ohio

Dover, Ohio

Fleetwood, Pennsylvania

Millersburg, Pennsylvania

West Chester, Pennsylvania (2 reports)

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Mc Minnville, Tennessee

Austin, Texas

Ellsworth, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


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 i... read more


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.


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.


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.