Pop open our curiosity!
Jewelweed capsules explode open, propelling seeds here and there.
Do it again!
Pop, hop, drop!
Why don't the thin seedpods burst open like the thick ones do?
How does the capsule turn into a green coil?
How can we catch the jewelweed seeds?
How many seeds are there in a pod?
What happens to the bees when they’re “swallowed” inside the flowers?
Why does the largest patch of jewelweed grow near Bussey Brook?
Can I plant a seed at home? What does it need to grow?
Where are the “jewels” in jewelweed?
Jewelweed sparks our interest in many areas, including:
seed dispersal mechanisms
hummingbird and bee pollinators
rhyming (pop, hop, drop)
“talking local” (nouns of flora and fauna, verbs of movement, adjectives of description)
“It popped!” [look at each other and giggle] “Here, I found a big one for you to pop.”
Finding camouflaged capsules
Popping the capsules with pincer grip
Same number of seeds in each pod?
Get outside and find a jewelweed patch!
Look for jewelweed in moist semi-shaded areas, around the edges of streams and marshes, and in disturbed habitats such as ditches.