Orange Spotted Jewelweed (Impatiens capensis)

In keeping with the “spotted” theme of my last post, here’s an orange spotted jewelweed flower. I’m always trying to get the perfect photo of this flower.

A dream set-up would be when the sun is shining just *so* on it, to give the illusion of stained glass. There would be some nice glistening drops of water at least in the frame somewhere.

In the meantime, I snap a pic when I see a pretty one.

Orange spotted jewelweed
Orange spotted jewelweed

Later on as the plants begin to make seeds, I’ll try to collect some. Today I collected common milkweed seeds and some Echinacea purpurea. I’ll get these packaged up in some pretty way to sell at the farmer’s market soon.

Seeds on the list to be collected:

  • Cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis)
  • Great Blue Lobelia (L. siphilitica)
  • Milkweed (Asclepias spp.)
  • Thimbleweed (Anemone virginiana)

Perhaps next year I’ll be able to add our wild-simulated American ginseng to the list. This year all of the seeds I collected went back to replanting the hillsides.



About the voice behind this blog, Madison Woods

I'm a creative old soul living way off the beaten path with my husband in the wild Ozark Mountains. Besides homesteading, growing plants & making crafty things and newsletters, I write books and stories. My rural fantasy fiction, written under the pen name, Ima Erthwitch, usually takes place in a much altered Ozarks.


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2 Replies to “Orange Spotted Jewelweed (Impatiens capensis)”

  1. Wish I were closer and could visit to absorb some of your nature knowledge, Madison. I’m so happy, though, to know that you’re feeling much better. Blasted ticks! One of my s-I-l’s dogs almost died from a tick bite and the ensuing Lyme’s disease a year and a half ago. Not funny at all!!

    Love to Rob, too.

    janet

    1. I’d love it if you were closer just so we could collaborate on nature knowledge, Janet. It is good to feel good again, that’s for sure. I could stand the ticks if they didn’t hide such beastly things inside them. Now I’d like to see them all disappear. Hate ’em, and I don’t hate many things.

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