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Feb 2006 JEWELWEED
N. Walker

The upper surface of the leaf beads up dew and with the right angle of sunlight sparkles like "jewels". Impatiens pallida is another jewelweed species, which has yellow flowers. This type is less attractive to hummingbirds. Jewelweed grows best in wet, low places. Jewelweed does not transplant well. Growing from seed is the best way to start the plants. Harvesting the seed from the pods is tricky because of the "touch me not" nature. If the seeds can be obtained or purchased, they should go through a cold cycle either naturally or by placing in the freezer for a month or more. Sow the seeds directly on the ground or plant in peat pellets and plant the pellets soon after. Buy seed from garden centers or catalogs.