Orange Balsam - Impatiens capensis


Medium to tall hairless plant to 1.2 metres. Leaves oval to lanceolate with a few coarse teeth, often rather wavy. Flowers orange, with large reddish brown spots 20 to 30 mm, shaped like the old policeman's helmet, with an incurved spur.

Identification difficulty

Canal and river banks.

When to see it

June to September

Life History


UK Status

Fairly frequent in the Midlands and southern England.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 42 of the 617 tetrads.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map