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Impatiens occidentalis - Rydb.

Common Name
Family Balsaminaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards Regular ingestion of large quantities of these plants can be dangerous due to their high mineral content[172]. This report, which seems nonsensical, might refer to calcium oxalate. This mineral is found in I. capensis and so is probably also in other members of the genus. It can be harmful raw but is destroyed by thoroughly cooking or drying the plant[K]. People with a tendency to rheumatism, arthritis, gout, kidney stones and hyperacidity should take especial caution if including this plant in their diet[238].
Habitats Moist woods[60].
Range Western N. America.
Edibility Rating    (3 of 5)
Other Uses    (0 of 5)
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating    (2 of 5)
Care
Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Impatiens occidentalis


Impatiens occidentalis

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

 
Impatiens occidentalis is a ANNUAL. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and can grow in heavy clay soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade; Shady Edge;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves  Seed
Edible Uses:

Young shoots - cooked in one change of water[172]. See the notes above on toxicity. Seed - raw or cooked[172]. They are tedious to collect in quantity[172], mainly because of their exploding seed capsules which scatter the ripe seed at the slightest touch[K].

Medicinal Uses

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Antidote  Parasiticide  Stings  Warts

Antidote, parasiticide. Used in the treatment of warts, ringworm, nettle stings, poison ivy rash etc[172].

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Other Uses

Dye  Fungicide  Hair  Parasiticide

A yellow dye is obtained from the plant[172]. No more details are given. Used as a hair rinse for itchy scalps[172]. No more details are given. A fungicide is obtained from the plant[172]. No more details are given, but it is likely to be the juice of the plant that is used.

Cultivation details

Succeeds in any reasonably good soil[1]. Grows well in heavy clay soils. Prefers a moist well-drained humus rich soil in a cool site[200]. This plant has seed capsules that spring open forcibly as the seed ripens to eject the seed a considerable distance. The capsules are sensitive to touch even before the seed is ripe, making seed collection difficult but fun[K]. This species is probably part of I. noli-tangere[60].

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Propagation

Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer.

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Impatiens capensisJewelweed32
Impatiens ecalcarata 22
Impatiens edgeworthii 00
Impatiens glanduliferaJewelweed, Ornamental jewelweed31
Impatiens noli-tangereTouch-Me-Not32
Impatiens pallidaPale Jewelweed, Pale touch-me-not33
Impatiens parvifloraSmallflower touchmenot22
Impatiens sulcata 20
Impatiens textori 10
Impatiens tingens 10

 

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