Ornamental Jewelweed


Ornamental Jewelweed (Impatiens glandulifera) Balsam family

Annual herb with thick, many-branched, hexagonally angled stems which can grow to 10 feet. Stems smooth, multi-branched, with large swollen glands at the nodes. Lower leaves opposite, while upper leaves are whorled with three leaves to a node. Leaves lance-shaped, 6 inches long, from a stout petiole. Leaf margins finely, sharply serrated. Irregular flowers one inch in length, pink-purple to white, with five petals.

Rapidly clogs wetlands and streams. Prolific seed production and aggressive spreader make for difficult control. Unwary gardeners have contributed to its spread into Alaska.

Rare in Kenai Peninsula. Thrives in lowlands, riparian zones, and along beaches.

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Homer Soil and Water Conservation District U.S. Forest Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Park Service UAF Cooperative Extension Service Kenai Watershed Forum