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Pink-purple to white.
The seed pods explode spectacularly and unexpectedly upon reaching maturity. Each pod contains many seeds and individual seeds can be projected as far as 5 meters away. This plant is notorious for being very invasive and hard to eradicate.
Green elliptical leaves with serrated margins. Up to 8cm in length. The toothed edges are red in colour.
2 meters tall.
Seed pods can be cooked and eaten whole when young, often used in stir-fries or used to make curries. The seeds can be eaten raw and taste nutty.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Bee-bums, Bobby Tops, Copper Tops, Custodian Helmet, Gnome's Hatstand, Indian Balsam, Indian Jewelweed, Indian Touch-me-not, Jewelhead, Jumping Jack, Kiss-me-on-the-mountain, Ornamental Jewelweed, Pink Peril, Policeman's Helmet, Poor Man's Orchid, Purple Jewelweed, Washington Orchid.