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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    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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