Herb latin name: Impatiens aurella
Family: Balsaminaceae (Touch-me-not Family)
Medicinal use of Impatiens aurella:Antidote, parasiticide. Used in the treatment of warts, ringworm, nettle stings, poison ivy rash etc.
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:Damp thickets and springy places.
Edible parts of Impatiens aurella:Young shoots - cooked in one change of water. Some caution is advised, see the notes above on toxicity. Seed - raw or cooked. They are tedious to collect in quantity, mainly because of their exploding seed capsules which scatter the ripe seed at the slightest touch.
Other uses of the herb:A yellow dye is obtained from the plant. No more details are given. Used as a hair rinse for itchy scalps. No more details are given. A fungicide is obtained from the plant. No more details are given but it is likely to be the juice of the plant that is used.
Propagation of Impatiens aurella:Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer.
Cultivation of the herb:Damp thickets and springy places.
Known hazards of Impatiens aurella:Regular ingestion of large quantities of these plants can be dangerous due to their high mineral content. This report, which seems nonsensical, might refer to calcium oxalate. This mineral is found in I. capensis and so is probably also in other members of the genus. It can be harmful raw but is destroyed by thoroughly cooking or drying the plant. People with a tendency to rheumatism, arthritis, gout, kidney stones and hyperacidity should take especial caution if including this plant in their diet.
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.