Small Balsam - Impatiens parviflora

    Alt Name
    Small-flowered Balsam

    Low to tall hairless plant. The leaves are alternate, elliptical to oval, pointed and toothed and generally with glands towards the base. Upper leaves are larger than the lower ones. Flowers are small (6 to 16 mm), pale yellow in racemes of 3 to 10 held above the foliage. The spur is straight or only slightly curved.

    Identification difficulty

    Moist ground, woodland and other shaded habitats.

    When to see it

    Flowers July to November.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Local but widespread north to Scotland.

    VC55 Status

    Uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 7 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map