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Any place wetlands and shady tree canopy meet, you'll find these plants in great abundance. Long nectar spurs make them a favorite with hummingbirds, although bees and other pollinators will visit them as well. The juice squeezed or wrung out of the stems is a traditional remedy for itchy skin and rashes, including poison ivy; I have also heard of it being used to treat insect bites and stings.
Distribution USA: AL , AR , CO , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , IA , ID , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MS , NC , ND , NE , NH , NJ , NY , OH , OK , OR , PA , RI , SC , SD , TN , TX , VA , VT , WA , WI , WV Canada: NB , NL , NS , ON , PE , SK Native Distribution: Saskatchewan to Newfoundland; south to Georgia; west to Oklahoma; north to Missouri. Native Habitat: Shaded wetlands.
Spotted at Barnes Creek Falls Picnic Area in the Cohutta Wilderness
Spotted on Aug 30, 2014
Submitted on Sep 12, 2014