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Feb 2006 JEWELWEED
N. Walker

Jewelweed, also known as Spotted Touch-Me-Not, is an annual plant that grows to about 3 feet high. It is a favorite plant for home gardens and has several interesting characteristics. The attractive orange flower has a strange cornucopia shape and is visited by hummingbirds. When the seedpods mature, they burst open when touched, making seed collecting very interesting. The sap is claimed to clear up the effects of poison ivy and other irritations. People say that this remedy really works. The juice even has fungicidal properties.