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Appalachia Through My Eyes – Yellow Jewelweed


My life in Appalachia - Yellow Jewelweed

The orange colored jewelweed grows all over my mountain holler, but I’ve never seen the yellow variety until this past weekend. Let me tell you it is beautiful! Especially when its growing right beside a patch of the orange as it is at my friend’s house.

I was pleased as punch when my very young tour guide showed me how to pop the small seed pods by gently touching them. I love it when I see kids who know the same little tricks I took joy in as a child.

You can go here to read about the orange jewelweed that grows at my house.


Appalachia Through My Eyes – A series of photographs from my life in Southern Appalachia.

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    L. bryant
    September 13, 2017 at 11:12 am

    We had an herbalist come out to our local beekeeping meeting and discuss using jewelweed in salve form as an antiseptic/wound care item.
    There are several good recipes online and after trying this I have had great success using it on our family members and the pets!!

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    September 12, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    Marvelous plant we use to gather it boil the plant freeze it into ice cubes, first sign of poison oak rub onto the rash and it’ll be gone in no time.

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    Ron Stephens
    September 12, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    You make me smile again. How old was I, I wonder, before I had learned to let people think I didn’t know so they could enjoy sharing? I’m sure it was over 40 and I’m sure also I have not yet learned it as well as I might.
    Nature always has new sights and sounds and lessons for one paying attention. That is one of the things I like about it.

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    Ed Ammons
    September 12, 2017 at 10:35 am

    I always called them touch-me-nots. I learned the name jewelweed from you. I can’t remember ever seeing the yellow ones though.
    My mother grew a houseplant which had a seed pod that exploded when you touched them like jewelweed. I think she called it a sultana, I could be wrong. She grew them from cuttings rooted in Grammaw Breedlove’s snuff glasses.

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    September 12, 2017 at 10:13 am

    Well, we had a little wind, but no outages, yet. The weekend of the Eclipse, my oldest girl and her bunch went up to our property to show them some land markers. On the way up the driveway we stopped to see those “touch me nots” and Lauralea got out to show her girls about “touch me nots”. They were amazed! It’s funny how the simple things are so lasting. Those things were everywhere, especially near the creekbanks, and I just let them play till they got tired. …Ken

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    b. Ruth
    September 12, 2017 at 9:47 am

    Like the saying goes….”One mans trash is another mans treasure.”…..
    “One person’s weeds is another ones’ flowers.”
    Even the tiniest lawn flower is beautiful if you look down and really look at them…I happen to love the color and shape of those lavender blue, snapdragon like shaped teensy flowers that bloom and run on a vine like crazy through my glorified hybrid iris and daylilies….Ha It’s Creeping Charlie and smells like mint when you walk on it…
    I don’t remember seeing any yellow Jewel Weed in our woods, but it has been a while since I could walk up the stagecoach road near the Spring or to the top of the ridge…….so sad about that!
    I love the orange Jewel Weed…we have it growing near our wet weather spring and driveway…along with “hearts a’ bustin’ ” one of my favorite Fall flower seed pods…very popular in Fall flower arrangements….but I like seeing it used in Mother Natures arrangements much better!…
    How about you?
    Thanks for this memory post….I love all weeds, wildflowers….tame or otherwise!

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    Ann Applegarth
    September 12, 2017 at 8:16 am

    So beautiful!

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    Miss Cindy
    September 12, 2017 at 7:44 am

    Yes, those are lovely plants. We have lots a beautiful plants/flowers growing here in Appalachia. It’s like a never ending parade. Something blooms then goes away and something else comes. There is always ‘something’ growing! That’s just one of the reasons i like living in Appalachia.

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