any of a number of plants (genus Impatiens) of the balsam family, bearing yellow or orange-yellow flowers with short spurs, and seedpods that split at the touch when ripe
Any of several plants of the genus Impatiens having yellowish spurred flowers and five-valved seedpods that burst if touched when ripe. Also called touch-me-not.
Origin of jewelweedPerhaps from the fact that dew and rainwater collect in jewellike beads on their water-repellent leaves.
(countable and uncountable, plural jewelweeds)
- (US) Impatiens, especially Impatiens capensis and Impatiens pallida.