I Learned Something *New* Today!

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This is a picture of Jewel-weed that grows in the ditches of our property. It likes a moist environment.  Jewel-weed’s claim to fame is that it is an anecdote to poison ivy. Once exposed to poison ivy,  (or stinging nettles)  Jewelweed can be sliced open and the juice applied directly on the area. It is said that the juice of the weed counteracts the poison ivy.  I knew all of this.  I also knew that Jewelweed is often found growing in the same area as poison ivy.

I took the picture above yesterday, only because I love the brightly colored flowers found on these plants. They range from a golden yellow to orange to red. The flowers typically have orange-reddish “freckles” inside the flower and I can see why they were called “jewels”.

Early this afternoon, as we were leaving to go out for a while, Ben mentioned that there was a hummingbird in the Jewelweed. I did have my camera in the front seat with me, but Mark was in the driver’s seat of the truck. I knew that if I opened the other door, the hummingbird would quickly leave.  I never knew that hummingbirds were attracted to these flowers before, but in thinking about it, it does make sense, as hummers prefer “throaty” flowers they can poke their beaks into.

So, now I have a new assignment….that is to plant myself near the drainage ditch and await the little hummers!