Jewelweed (Impatiens capensis), also known as spotted touch-me-not, is a pretty plant in its own right, with light green to bluish green foliage and red-spotted orange flowers. A few years ago, I received a wonderful gift from a fellow Pennsylvania gardener: seeds that produce bright yellow to greenish yellow foliage, from a sport that appeared on a species plant in his garden. When I asked my source if he had a name for the strain, he replied “I called it ‘Peridot’, after the yellow-green gem. It is a jewel weed, after all.” Works for me! ‘Peridot’ plants tend to max out at 2 to 3 feet here—shorter than the species usually gets. At this point, I figure about half of the seedlings come true, so expect green seedlings as well as yellow ones. A site with partial shade and soil that’s on the moist side is ideal. More sun brings out more yellow in the foliage, but a steady supply of moisture is critical there. Annual.
Collected in early to mid September 2023. At least 12 seeds. PA ecotype. Shipping to US addresses only.
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