Well folks, I managed to do it again this week–integrate the Blogging A To Z Challenge letter into my regular column about water. Along one of the backyard ponds in our neighborhood the owners have a good growth of native Jewelweed, Impatiens capensis.
They’re only little sprouts now, but growing quick in this damp soil, like they would along a woodland stream here in Virginia. In another month those plants will be 3 to 5 feet tall and sporting flowers.
The hummingbirds like those Jewelweed flowers, but I think you humans appreciate the plant more for what it does if you happened to run into yesterday’s plant. Yep, that’s right, squashing the juicy stems of jewelweed onto where poison ivy touched your skin does a bit of good in washing away the oils that cause that skin rash you humans seem prone to.