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Indigenous Plants & Native Uses in the Northeast

(Impatiens biflora)


Food: The young greens may be used as a potherb if boiled and drained in several batches of fresh water. The seeds, separated from the rest of the fruit, can be eaten raw or as toppings on deserts, tastes like Butternuts.

Medicine: Chippewa made a medicine from the plant for a sore mouth.Technology: Raw juice (or boiled crushed stems) from this succulent plant prevents and relieves the symptoms of poison ivy, nettles, and fungal dermatitis.

Note: Also called Touch-me-not because of exploding seed pods.

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