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!

4 Responses

  1. Jewel weed is also called “touch me not” I’m not sure why, but as a kid we (my friends and I) called it “the popper plant” if you touch the seed pods they pop! Maybe that’s why the name “touch me not”. It sure was fun to play with. Wild cucumber was a hoot too, but that is very hard to find… sure wish I had my dads old property with all the neat wild things growing on it. Sassafass, elderberrys, wild cucumber and tons of berry bushes… not to mention the apple and pear trees. The wild cucumber was strange, if you squeezed the cucumbers, big seeds would go flying out of the pod like thingys. They were a hoot to have wars with!

    I agree with Carly! lol

  2. I saw something similar to this during one of my riverside walks but couldn’t get near enough to get a good photo. I’d not spotted it before and wondered what it could be. I wonder if it is the same plant…I must do a google and see if it grows here.

  3. LOL, I’m agreeing with Carly…for goodness sakes woman…do *not* plant yourself in that ditch! I have a total love-hate relationship with Jewelweed. It’s pretty, and I love the way the flowers and seed heads pop…but it tends to be rather invasive…and I have it all over the place!!! I’m so tired of pulling it out!

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