Jewelweed has long been a favorite plant.
I was reminded of that this morning when during an early morning walk I encountered a small stand of them along the roadside. It’s only in the last few years that I’ve learned that hummingbirds love the flowers.
Their seed pods fatten when ripe. The seeds inside darken as they ripen.
At the slightest touch, the outer sections of the pod twist and coil, and fling the seeds in all directions.
I closed my hand around a pod, to capture some of the seeds.
I brought the pod and some seeds home, to photograph them with a darker background.
I couldn’t resist playing with the pieces.
One day when I was a boy I had some seeds in my hand.
Curious about what was inside, I rubbed off the outer jacket of the seed.
What a surprise!
Some will tell you that jewelweed is so named because when you hold the leaves underwater, they appear silvery, from a layer of air that they trap at the surface of their leaves.
A good notion.
But I prefer to think that the true “jewel” of the jewelweed is the incredible blue of the inner seed coat.