Archive for August 17th, 2010

Orange Touch Me Not – Impatiens capensis

Orange Touch Me Not or Spotted Jewelweed

The Jewelweed plant has been used for centuries in North America by Native Americans of several different tribes, and Herbalists, as a natural preventative and treatment for poison ivy and poison oak; and is a folk remedy for many other skin disorders. The juice (sap) of the jewelweed has been used by Native Americans, and others, as a preventative against poison ivy rash, and as a treatment after the eruptions have occurred

The juice of the leaves is used externally in the treatment of piles, fungal dermatitis, nettle stings, poison ivy rash, burns etc. The sap is used to remove warts. A poultice of the leaves is applied to bruises, burns, cuts etc

If you want bees, butterflies and hummingbirds to visit, this is a great addition! As a kid it was a favorite pasttime to find a stand of these, or their cousin the Pale Jewelweed, and just stand there looking for seedheads ready to burst, and making it happen!

Joe Pye Weed – Eupatorium purpureum

Joe Pye Weed

Joe Pye is a plant native to Eastern North America. It was given that name for a Native American man who treated people for kidney stones with this. The plant is so well known for this use that one of it’s other common names is Gravel Root.

The stem is hollow and the Cherokee Indians used this plant as a straw. The fruit yields a pink to red dye. Some people believe it has an apple scent, yet others believe the crushed leaves to smell like vanilla.

It is an easy plant to grow, requiring full sun to full shade; dry soil, but moisture retentive to having wet feet! It grows well from seed, and has no problem being planted once seedlings are large enough to place out.