Impatiens capensis (Spotted Jewelweed)

Located in the wetlands of Gallup on the Western Trail to Fuller Park these gorgeous flowers are magnets for hummingbirds.

For what it’s worth, if you crush the stems a clear liquid runs out that my father told me would, according to Native Americans living near Burt Lake, MI would prevent poison ivy if you used it right after you were exposed.  I actually tried it several times and I must say it was very effective — just not as handy as Calamine Lotion sitting in your medicine cabinet.

There is a rarer form of Jewelweed that is yellow (Impatiens pallida, bottom picture) Pale Jewelweed but orange is most most prevalent in the Park. Both grow and blooms most of the summer but August seems to be the time with the most blooms.

Gardners might recognize the name Impatiens as there are many domestic flowers in the Impatiens genus.  In fact, there almost 1000 different species in the genus Impatiens.  

FYI, This clever little plant figured out a way to send seeds flying through the air if something touches the plant after it has become  fertilized.  Just one of the many unique dispersal mechanisms Mother Nature made available to insure wide coverage for wildflowers.

(Impatiens Capensis) Photo by Stewart Nelson, 2017, some rights reserved

 (Impatiens Capensis) Photo by Stewart Nelson, 2017, some rights reserved

(Impatiens pallida) Pale Impatiens,  Photo by Stewart Nelson, 2017, some rights reserved

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