Search Field Guide
Advanced Search
MT Gov Logo
Montana Field Guide

Montana Field Guides

Pale-yellow Jewel-weed - Impatiens aurella

Species of Concern
Native Species

Global Rank: G4
State Rank: S3
(see State Rank Reason below)

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 3

External Links

State Rank Reason (see State Rank above)
Impatiens aurella is known from about 20 locations documented from 1886 to 2016. It is considered uncommon in Lake and Flathead Counties, where the majority of observations have been found, and rare in other counties of western Montana. It grows in wet, often organic soil in both disturbed and undisturbed wetlands, and rarely appears abundant. However, it may require or persist better with some hydrological disturbance. Revisits to known locations and more surveys are needed to better document locations, population sizes, and threats.
General Description
Stems erect, branched, 20–70 cm. Leaf blades 3–12 cm long; petioles 2–4 cm long. Flowers yellow, often with orange spots, 11–15 mm long; saccate sepal with a recurved spur 6–10 mm long. Capsule 1–2 cm long (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range

Range Comments
AK to OR, ID and MT (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 18

(Click on the following maps and charts to see full sized version) Map Help and Descriptions
Relative Density



(Observations spanning multiple months or years are excluded from time charts)

Wet, usually organic soil of marshes, ditches; valleys (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

  • Literature Cited AboveLegend:   View Online Publication
    • Lesica, P., M. T. Lavin, and P. F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
  • Additional ReferencesLegend:   View Online Publication
    Do you know of a citation we're missing?
    • Odegard, Craig. 2018. Personal communication on observations of Impatiens aurella from 2011-2016.
  • Web Search Engines for Articles on "Pale-yellow Jewel-weed"
Login Logout
Citation for data on this website:
Pale-yellow Jewel-weed — Impatiens aurella.  Montana Field Guide.  .  Retrieved on , from