Re: Wild Plant

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Posted by Newt on August 21, 2003 at 08:49:55:

In Reply to: Wild Plant posted by Bob on July 30, 2003 at 21:51:56:

: When I was a kid I got a case of poison ivy. My babysitter had a plant in her backyard which when broken open, oozed an orange liquid. Rubbing this on the rash daily got rid of rash in a couple days. This was in central Pennsylvania. I recently found some in my aunt's backyard near State College, PA. It is a slender plant about 2-3 feet high. It has a yellow flower. The seed pods were like small green beans about 1-1/2 inch long. They weren't developed yet, so I didn't gather seeds.
: I have no idea the name of this plant nor if I can plant some in my area. I live in Eastern Pennsylvania.

Hi Bob,

I'm sure the plant you are thinking of is Jewel weed or Impatiens capensis. Is this top pic your plant? It's from the Pocono Mtns.

You should enjoy this conversation.

And yes, it will grow where you are. I grew up in the Catskills, went to summer camp in the Poconos for many summers and now live in Maryland. Howdy neighbor!


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