Virginia Tech Weed Identification Guide

Touch-me-not or Jewelweed: Impatiens capensis

Weed Description:  Branching annual with distinctive orange to red funnel-shaped flowers.  Touch-me-not is found primarily along roadsides, along the edges of streams and marshes, and in other noncrop areas throughout Virginia, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, and West Virginia.  
Leaves:  Leaves are elliptic to triangular in outline, approximately 2 to 4 1/2 inches long and 1 1/4 to 3 inches wide.   All leaves are without hairs (glabrous), have margins that are slightly toothed and occur on petioles that may reach 2 1/2 inches in length.
Stems:  Without hairs (glabrous), reaching 6 1/2 feet in height.
Flowers:  Bright orange to red in color, forming a triangular funnel with a spotted sepal at the 'mouth' of the funnel.

Fruit:  A capsule.

Identifying Characteristics:   The orange funnel shaped flowers and triangular leaves with toothed margins are both characteristics that help in the identification of touch-me-not.