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I don’t recall who it was, but recently someone challenged us to find a weed as big as theirs. I wish that I could find it, but I believe it was more than a month ago.

At any rate, I measured my jewelweed today, and it measures out at 7 foot 2 inches, and it is still growing.
Aug 7 Jewelweed 7' 2"

Some people call it a Himalyan Impatiens, but it is clearly a weed, albeit a pretty one. The bumble bees LOVE it, as they can get right inside of it. We have to be careful of it, because it shoots off seed evrywhere. Fortunately, it is easy to pull out.

How does it compare with your biggest weed?

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown



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posted 1472 days ago

So, are you saying jewelweed is the same thing as Himalayan Impatients?

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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posted 1472 days ago

That is my understanding, Iris.

This how I got it initially. I like impatiens plants, and a fellow gardener gave me some seeds that she had been given for Himalayan Impatiens. I planted it and was quite impressed with the size of them. The next time I saw her, she was very “sheepish” and almost apologetic because she then realized the aggressiveness of the plant. One can see it on the side of the road frequently in some parts of the country.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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Iris43

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posted 1472 days ago

Our natural wildflower, jewelweed has an orange-coloured bloom and grows where the soil is miost and boggy. Like on the edges of marshes or ditches. It is obvious the plant you show as Himalayan impatien is related to our jewelweed from the nature of it’s growth and even the flower although they are different colours. Thanks for bringing this plant to our attention.

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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posted 1471 days ago

Very pretty weed jroot as well as extremely tall.

-- Donnie in sunny South Carolina

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Radicalfarmergal

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posted 1471 days ago

It was Weedwacker who laid down the gauntlet of the tallest weed. That is a tall one! Our Jewelweed has the bright orange flowers as Iris described and it easily grows above our heads trying to compete with the Loosestrife, Goldenrod and Thistles. But I can’t compete in this contest because I call them my flowers. : )

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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Weedwacker

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posted 1466 days ago

JRoot You have taken the title with that monster. Clearly to some it is friend and to some it is foe. I was told once that just about any plant could be a nightmare to another gardener. Ever heard of Arum? That is my nightmare. Got it from the mother-in-law, should have surmised at the time that it was trouble. Some people love it because it has an attractive leaf, delicate flower and the most unusual orange beads on the stem in the fall. However it is very invasive and now I have it mixed in with everything. If anybody knows how to kill it, let me know. I just rip it out every spring like a weed.

-- Margaret, Eagle Creek, Oregon. A garden is never finished.

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