wascally wabbit's picture

Patch-forming plant in wet woodland

Observed: 6th April 2011 By: wascally wabbitwascally wabbit’s reputation in Plants

Patches of seedlings popping up in wet woodland (Willow, Alder) on the edge of a reservoir. The seedling puts up two round, untoothed leaves, but the next pair is toothed and more ovate.

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Indian Balsam (Impatiens glandulifera) interacts


anonymous spotter's picture

This is why -

it is such a pest: it crowds out the less competitive native species like hemp-nettle and gypsywort that also like damp areas.

Vinny's picture

Pull them up...

...if you see them. Does precious little good for native species. Not poisonous so OK to touch.

anonymous spotter's picture

Uprooting is not the answer!

Unless you ensure that you either hang them over a branch or a fence to desiccate; or crush each stem node (the swollen sections that occur at intervals). Otherwise the plants will re-root from the nodes.
They can also produce cleistogamous flowers (i.e. they self-fertilise in the bud without ever opening and being clearly visible).
We found that goat browsing (a neighbour had a flock) was effective, but of course they eat everything else, too. It helps bring the problem under control, but the seed bank will last for several years.

cicuta58's picture


What has burberry got to do with this??????


Martin Harvey's picture

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