Authentic Wisconsin.  Yellow Jewelweed - Impatiens pallida


Yellow Jewelweed in Nakoma Park on July 6, 2019.

Above: Yellow Jewelweed. (7/6/19).


Yellow Jewelweed - Impatiens pallida

A tall plant with succulent, translucent stems bearing nodding, pale yellow flowers that, occasionally, have reddish brown spots.

Other names include: pale jewelweed or pale touch-me-not.

Impatiens means "impatient" or "intolerant" and refers to the explosive dehiscence of the fruits, which burst at the slightest touch as a means of scattering the seeds. (Hence, touch-me-not).

Yellow Jewelweed is closely related to the more common Impatiens capensis (Spotted/Orange Jewelweed). However, Yellow Jewelweed is so prevelant along the bike path (growing 5-7' tall) in the Oak Savanna in Madison, Wisconsin, I had mistakenly assumed it was the most common of the two wildflowers.

Yellow Jewelweed vs. Spotted Jewelweed.

Noteable difference between Yellow Jewelweed (L) and Spotted Jewelweed (R): Yellow Jewelweed (Impatiens pallida) have flowers that are pale yellow and have short, right-angled rear spurs; whereas, Spotted Jewelweed (Impatiens capensis) have flowers that are darker in color (often orange) and have long, bent-back rear spurs.



Yellow Jewelweed in Oak Savanna on July 10, 2019.

Above: Yellow Jewelweed along bike path in the Oak Savanna in Madison, Wisconsin on July 10, 2019.



Yellow Jewelweed in the Oak Savanna on July 24, 2019.

Above: Yellow Jewelweed along bike path in the Oak Savanna in Madison, Wisconsin on July 24, 2019.



Yellow Jewelweed in the Oak Savanna on July 29, 2019.

Above: Yellow Jewelweed along bike path in the Oak Savanna in Madison, Wisconsin on July 29, 2019.



Yellow Jewelweed in the Oak Savanna on September 1, 2019.

Yellow Jewelweed in the Oak Savanna on September 1, 2019.

Above: Yellow Jewelweed along bike path in the Oak Savanna in Madison, Wisconsin on September 1, 2019.



Yellow Jewelweed in the Oak Savanna on September 21, 2019.

Yellow Jewelweed in the Oak Savanna on September 21, 2019.

Above: Yellow Jewelweed along bike path in the Oak Savanna in Madison, Wisconsin on September 21, 2019.



Yellow Jewelweed in the Oak Savanna on October 6, 2019.

Yellow Jewelweed in the Oak Savanna on October 6, 2019.

Above: Yellow Jewelweed along bike path in the Oak Savanna in Madison, Wisconsin on October 6, 2019.



Yellow Jewelweed in the Oak Savanna on October 12, 2019.

Yellow Jewelweed in the Oak Savanna on October 12, 2019.

Above: Yellow Jewelweed along bike path in the Oak Savanna in Madison, Wisconsin on October 12, 2019.


For more information on the Yellow Jewelweed, visit Wikipedia.

Or, visit the UW Master Gardener Program website page about Jewelweed - Impatiens pallida.

Or, visit the UW-Madison Wisconsin State Herbarium website page about Yellow Jewelweed - Impatiens pallida.


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Yellow Jewelweed
Impatiens pallida


Yellow Jewelweed in woods along Pickford Street stormwater outflow (ends at Cattails) on June 26, 2019.

Yellow Jewelweed in woods along Pickford Street stormwater outflow (ends at Cattails) on June 26, 2019.

Yellow Jewelweed in woods along Pickford Street stormwater outflow (ends at Cattails) on June 26, 2019.

Yellow Jewelweed in woods along Pickford Street stormwater outflow (ends at Cattails) on June 26, 2019.


Above: Yellow Jewelweed in woods along Pickford Street stormwater outflow path (ends at Cattails) on June 26, 2019.


Yellow Jewelweed in the Oak Savanna on July 6, 2019.

Yellow Jewelweed in the Oak Savanna on July 6, 2019.


Above: Yellow Jewelweed in the Oak Savanna in Madison, Wisconsin on July 6, 2019.


Yellow Jewelweed in the Oak Savanna on July 8, 2019.


Above: Yellow Jewelweed in the Oak Savanna in Madison, Wisconsin on July 8, 2019.


Yellow Jewelweed in the Oak Savanna on July 9, 2019.

Yellow Jewelweed in the Oak Savanna on July 9, 2019.


Above: Yellow Jewelweed in the Oak Savanna in Madison, Wisconsin on July 9, 2019.


Yellow Jewelweed in the Oak Savanna on July 11, 2019.

Yellow Jewelweed in the Oak Savanna on July 11, 2019.


Above: Yellow Jewelweed in the Oak Savanna in Madison, Wisconsin on July 11, 2019.


Yellow Jewelweed in the Oak Savanna on July 23, 2019.


Above: Yellow Jewelweed in the Oak Savanna in Madison, Wisconsin on July 23, 2019.


Yellow Jewelweed in the Oak Savanna on July 24, 2019.

Yellow Jewelweed in the Oak Savanna on July 24, 2019.

Yellow Jewelweed in the Oak Savanna on July 24, 2019.


Above: Yellow Jewelweed in the Oak Savanna in Madison, Wisconsin on July 24, 2019.


Yellow Jewelweed in the Oak Savanna on July 24, 2019.

Yellow Jewelweed in the Oak Savanna on July 24, 2019.

Yellow Jewelweed in the Oak Savanna on July 24, 2019.

Yellow Jewelweed in the Oak Savanna on July 24, 2019.


Above: Yellow Jewelweed in the Oak Savanna in Madison, Wisconsin on July 25, 2019.


Yellow Jewelweed in the Oak Savanna on July 27, 2019.

Yellow Jewelweed in the Oak Savanna on July 27, 2019.

Yellow Jewelweed in the Oak Savanna on July 27, 2019.


Above: Yellow Jewelweed in the Oak Savanna in Madison, Wisconsin on July 27, 2019.


Yellow Jewelweed in the Oak Savanna on July 29, 2019.

Yellow Jewelweed in the Oak Savanna on July 29, 2019.


Above: Yellow Jewelweed in the Oak Savanna in Madison, Wisconsin on July 29, 2019.


Yellow Jewelweed in the Oak Savanna on July 31, 2019.

Yellow Jewelweed in the Oak Savanna on July 31, 2019.


Above: Yellow Jewelweed in the Oak Savanna in Madison, Wisconsin on July 31, 2019.


Yellow Jewelweed in the Oak Savanna on August 15, 2018.


Above: Yellow Jewelweed in the Oak Savanna in Madison, Wisconsin on August 15, 2018.


Yellow Jewelweed in the Oak Savanna on August 18, 2019.


Above: Yellow Jewelweed in the Oak Savanna in Madison, Wisconsin on August 18, 2019.


Yellow Jewelweed in the Oak Savanna on August 21, 2019.

Yellow Jewelweed in the Oak Savanna on August 21, 2019.

Yellow Jewelweed near the Duck Pond on August 21, 2019.

Yellow Jewelweed near the Duck Pond on August 21, 2019.


Above: Yellow Jewelweed in the Oak Savanna in Madison, Wisconsin on August 21, 2019.


Yellow Jewelweed in the Oak Savanna on August 23, 2019.

Yellow Jewelweed in the Oak Savanna on August 23, 2019.

Yellow Jewelweed in the Oak Savanna on August 23, 2019.

Yellow Jewelweed in the Oak Savanna on August 23, 2019.


Above: Yellow Jewelweed in the Oak Savanna in Madison, Wisconsin on August 23, 2019.


Yellow Jewelweed in the Oak Savanna on August 24, 2019.

Yellow Jewelweed in the Oak Savanna on August 24, 2019.


Above: Yellow Jewelweed in the Oak Savanna in Madison, Wisconsin on August 24, 2019.


Yellow Jewelweed in the Oak Savanna on August 31, 2018.


Above: Yellow Jewelweed in the Oak Savanna in Madison, Wisconsin on August 31, 2018.


Yellow Jewelweed in the Oak Savanna  on September 7, 2019.


Above: Yellow Jewelweed in the Oak Savanna in Madison, Wisconsin on September 7, 2019.


Yellow Jewelweed in the Oak Savanna on September 17, 2019.

Yellow Jewelweed in the Oak Savanna on September 17, 2019.


Above: Yellow Jewelweed in the Oak Savanna in Madison, Wisconsin on September 17, 2019.


Yellow Jewelweed in the Oak Savanna on October 18, 2019.

Yellow Jewelweed in the Oak Savanna on October 18, 2019.

Yellow Jewelweed in the Oak Savanna on October 18, 2019.

Yellow Jewelweed in the Oak Savanna on October 18, 2019.

Yellow Jewelweed in the Oak Savanna on October 18, 2019.

Yellow Jewelweed in the Oak Savanna on October 18, 2019.


Above: Yellow Jewelweed in the Oak Savanna in Madison, Wisconsin on October 18, 2019 (39°).


Yellow Jewelweed in the Oak Savanna on October 18, 2019.

Yellow Jewelweed in the Oak Savanna on October 18, 2019.

Yellow Jewelweed in the Oak Savanna on October 18, 2019.

Yellow Jewelweed in the Oak Savanna on October 18, 2019.


Above: Yellow Jewelweed in the Oak Savanna in Madison, Wisconsin on October 23, 2019. Still blooming. (38°).



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