Common Name: Spotted Touch-Me-Not
Scientific Name: Impatiens capensis
Habitat & Range: wet shade and woodlands, by streams, and in wetlands statewide
Bloom Time: summer
About: You’ll see Touch-Me-Nots in yellow as well, but the orange ones are my favorite. These shade-loving plants not only have beautiful, exotic looking flowers, they are a favorite of children for their exploding seed pods. An annual, the Touch-Me-Not (also known as Jewelweed) disperses its seeds dramatically by flinging them here and there at a gentle touch. In the wild this is accomplished largely by deer walking by. But on walking trails it is a fun activity for children and adults alike. Its flowers are favored by hummingbirds and the sap from its stems can be used to soothe poison ivy or stings from nettles. An all around lovely, fun, and useful forest flower.
Reference: Wildflowers of Michigan by Stan Tekiela; Adventure Publications, 2000