Himalayan Balsam - Impatiens glandulifera

    Alternative names
    Indian Balsam

    This is a tall, stout hairless plant that can sometimes reach 2 metres in height. Flowers usually pink or purple sometimes white and usually with spots or blotches. In racemes of 5 or more and 'helmet' shaped. Capsule club shaped.

    Identification difficulty

    Moist ground. The banks of rivers and streams. Lake margins.

    When to see it

    July to October.

    Life History

    Annual. A very invasive species, it can become very troublesome.

    UK Status

    Common in many parts of Britain and can be invasive.

    VC55 Status

    Quite common, and increasing in suitable locations in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 46 of the 617 tetrads.

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