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NC Native Plant Society:
Plant Details

Impatiens capensis [=Impatiens biflora]

Orange Jewelweed, Orange Touch-me-not, Spotted Touch-me-not

Scientific Name:

Impatiens capensis [=Impatiens biflora]

Genus:

Impatiens

Species Epithet:

capensis

Common Name:

Orange Jewelweed, Orange Touch-me-not, Spotted Touch-me-not

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Annual (Herbs Only)

Plant Family

Balsaminaceae (Touch-Me-Not Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

3-6 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Orange

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day, Less than 2 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist, Wet

Bloom Time:

May, June, July, August, September, October, November

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Moist forests, bottomlands, cove forests, streambanks, bogs. Common and widespread statewide, though uncommon in most eastern coastal counties.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Annual (Herbs Only)

Wildlife Value:

Important for Wildlife

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

State Rank:

S5: Secure (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

Notes:

Seed capsules explosively dehisce, flinging the seeds far and wide.

Orange-colored flowers and buds

Macon County, NC

Bettina Darveaux

Side view of flower showing trumpet-like shape

Macon County, NC

Bettina Darveaux

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record



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