IMG_6734     Jewelweed is blooming all along the trail by the Kearny Marsh at Gunnell Oval.

   The plant is also called a "Touch-Me-Not" or Popper.

   The reason: When you touch the seed pod  (lower right), the pod pops and the seed goes flying — an ingenious way to transport seeds away from the plant.

   Jewelweed is native, and very popular with Ruby-throated Hummingbirds.

  It is used to treat Poison Ivy.

  More Jewelweed here and here.


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