Orange Balsam is a
annual plant of the UK, typically found growing in water margins, to a mature height of up to 150cm.
Orange Balsam, a native of North America, is thought to have been introduced to the UK early in the nineteenth century. It is sometimes called 'Jewelweed' after the turquoise colour of its seeds or 'Spotted Touch-Me-Not' after its spotted flowers and explosive seed pods. The sap of the plant has been used in traditional herbal medicine to treat itching and skin conditions.
Botanic classification and naming: Orange Balsam is a member of the Balsam (Balsaminaceae) family. The genus name
'Impatiens' identifies the plant as a Balsam and its species name 'capensis' means 'South African Cape plant'.