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.
Canal and river banks.
June to September
Fairly frequent in the Midlands and southern England.
Fairly frequent Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 42 of the 617 tetrads.
Leicestershire & Rutland Map
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