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Sunday, September 14, 2008

Today's Flowers: from the prairie

The common name of this wildflower is Touch-me-not or Jewelweed (Impatiens capensis)

Throughout late summer and into fall, I see large stands of them at lake edge and around marshy areas where they nicely border cattails. About the size of a thumbnail and a delightful gold/orange, in a cluster they seem to float above the leaves like small yellow butterflies. Click on the photo to enlarge and you'll see their most endearing qualities: little orange freckles. What could be any prettier than a freckle-faced native flower?

To see more wonderful flower photos, visit Luis Santilli's meme, Today's Flowers. You'll be glad you did and you may even want to join in the fun!

29 comments:

Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

Lovely Jewel Weed photo. I've been reading on some other blogs about some of the properties of this "weed." It appears it can be quite useful.

fishing guy said...

Noni: I enjoy this little flower and it grows wild behind my yard.

Maria said...

Noni, I agree: The Lovely Juwel Weed is perfect! Thanks!
Have a nice week!

Reader Wil said...

You are right the flower is so gorgeous when you enlarge the photo. Great post.

Country Girl said...

I just did a post on the very same flower! The sap inside of the stem is useful for calming the bite of stinging nettle and for helping to cure poison ivy! It grows in wet areas, and around places where nettles and the poison ivy grow. Very nice!!

Denise said...

Hi, Noni
Quite different and exotic, an orange flower with freckles, big discovery. thanks for sharing so much beauty.
hugs, Denise

ilanadavita said...

A ery pretty entry.

Paz said...

Purty! I love the name!

Paz

dot said...

I've heard of jewel weed but never seen it. Reading Pat's comment I'm thinking it must be poisonous. Very pretty little freckled flower!

Marcos Santos said...

Hello Noni

You chose well...
A beautiful flower. Wild and delicate.

Luiz Ramos said...

Gentle yellow flower. Beautiful.

Abraham Lincoln said...

These are old time favorites of mine but alas I don't have them this year. Maybe next. I hope they will look as nice as those you have photographed.

We had the tail end of Hurricane Ike here all day. I lost my cherry tree and a lot of limbs. The neighbors lost three trees and they fell on a power line and that weight broke the power pole. Not a good day here in SW Ohio.

Mine are on Canon Pixels

Sherry said...

Beautiful photo. We have these flowers here too, and I always love to see their cheerful blooms.

Leora said...

Ah, so that is a jewel weed! And I clicked and saw the freckles. What a pretty plant.

Carletta said...

Who doesn't love a lady with freckles!
Lovely!

Rena said...

I love the freckles! Thanks for pointing them out.

2sweetnsaxy said...

Nice shot. I never knew what the name of this was. Thank you!

The Dutchess said...

Very beautiful place you have here,Happy to have found you,it was my monday surprise...
Greets from Holland

Lara said...

a flower like a jewelry!

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Jewelweed is a lovely wildflower, I agree.

RuneE said...

In many cases I prefer the wild flowers - especially with freckles on.

If you like a white weed, have a look at my site.

ellen b said...

Hi Noni! The freckles are wonderful. I'm glad I clicked! have a nice week..

Old Wom Tigley said...

Hello Noni
I love flowers like these, we have some that look very similat,but ours are purple and a few are plane white with tiny frecles... I do not think the plants are the same though.
I can tell that these are good at attracting bees and such like. Beautiful picture.

Mine's Here

Kerri said...

OH, I have seen a lot of this around here....a beautiful wildflower. I never thought of it having freckles - but that's EXACTLY what it looks like! Great post!!

Tommy V said...

nice flower.

meggie said...

Thankyou so much for visiting my blog, & leaving me a comment. I have really enjoyed visiting you!
Love the colour of those apples!

Luiz Santilli Jr said...

Noni
When you enlarge this photo is an other flower!
Marvelous post!

Santilli

dulce said...

This is a beautiful flower with a funny name!

Dar's Foto Faze said...

So dainty, just peeping out from behind the leaf.