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Orange Jewelweed, Orange Balsam, Lady's Earrings, Snapweed, Wild Touch-me-not
Spotted Touch-me-not is a common native plant found throughout Virginia. The "touch-me-not" name, as well as the name of its genus Impatiens, are based on the fact that the plant will forcefully discharge its seeds if touched. Hummingbirds and bees are the main pollinators, and the pollination rate of the plant is very high. Spotted Touch-me-not is also called "jewelweed", because water beading on the leaves sometimes sparkles like jewels. It is considered an effective herbal remedy to alleviate the discomfort caused by Eastern Poison Ivy, another common plant at Monticello Park. It also can be used to treat reactions from Poison Oak, stinging nettles, insect bites, acne, heat rash, and other skin disorders.
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