This little wild impatiens [(Impatiens capensis] grows in the shady areas around Island Lake where I walk in the summer [oh Summer, how I miss thee!]. A little research uncovered its folk medicinal properties: the 'juice' from the leaf stems can be effective to relieve the itch from poison ivy. But here's the irony: they can be found growing near poison ivy plants. Mother Nature is so thrifty. . .
See more lovely flowers, medicinal or whimsical, at Today's Flowers. Here's to another great year of beauty from Luiz Santilli's Monday meme!