Himalayan Balsam Identification


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Impatiens glandulifera, mostly commonly known as Himalayan Balsam, is one of the most aggressively spreading invasive plants in the UK. However, most people would not be able to identify it despite its unique characteristics and smell.

How to identify Himalayan Balsam

Himalayan Balsam can grow between 6 to 10 feet tall and is easily identifiable by its slightly serrated green oval shaped leaves, edged in red. The stem of a Himalayan Balsam plant will be hollow, red-jointed, and hairless.

Between June and October, Himalayan Balsam produces clusters of flowers which are typically pink or purple and trumpet shape, with an apple-like fragrance.

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If you think you have spotted Himalayan Balsam on your land, and want to know what to do next, call the experts at Wise Knotweed Solutions on 0808 231 9218 or find your local branch.

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