Monday, September 6, 2010

Spotted Touch Me Not

I was out photographing the wetlands around the Mississippi River this morning and came across a wildflower I have never seen before. This delicate orange flower is called a Spotted Touch Me Not, and can be found in wetlands and along streams.

An interesting fact about this flower is that the juice from the stems can be used to soothe the sting from nettles and Poison Ivy. It is also a favorite of hummingbirds.


Heidi Schreiner said...

This was a favorite of mine as a child. Found in moist areas, Touch-Me-Nots sprout a pod. When they're touched, the pods explode -- sending their seeds shooting outward.

Great fun!

Jennifer Kirby said...

when I found these, I was shocked as I have not seen them as a child. I still remember when my dad first showed me how they explode when we were out nature hiking.