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collage of Pale Touch-me-not and Jewelweed

Pale Touch-me-not (Impatiens pallida) vs. Jewelweed (Impatiens capensis)

Updated October 26th, 2021

These species are very similar; they are usually easily told apart by bloom color and examination of the spurs on each flower. With difficulty, they can often be distinguished by comparing differences in serrations on leaf margins and foliage color. ID can sometimes be challenging as all of these traits are variable and some individuals may have one or more characteristics outside the typical range for its species. Although they can occur together in the same habitat, Impatiens pallida can be found in slightly drier conditions. However, Impatiens capensis is usually more common, and also ranges farther in all directions. Although they overlap greatly in height, Impatiens pallida is more likely to be taller (to 6 ft vs. 5.)

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