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Jewelweed (Impatiens capensis).  Like its cultivated cousin, the garden impatiens, jewelweed has soft semi-succulent stems and leaves, and prefers shade to bright sunlight.  Although its yellow and orange flowers do not resemble the flowers of the garden impatiens, they do hang suspended from tiny stems as that plant’s flowers do.  Jewelweed grows in huge clusters in shady forested areas, particularly where it can find moist soil.  Jewelweed is a natural remedy and preventative for poison ivy, oak, and many other skin disorders (Geometry Technologies). 

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