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Indian Balsam?

Observed: 27th June 2011 By: JubesJubes’s reputation in PlantsJubes’s reputation in PlantsJubes’s reputation in PlantsJubes’s reputation in Plants
Indian Balsam
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Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Indian Balsam (Impatiens glandulifera) interacts

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nikkidev's picture

Alternative common name

Also known as Himalayan Balsam. It is an invasive weed becoming very common along UK river banks. Its vigorous growth and aggressive seed dispersal means that many native plants can't compete. In addition, the sweet sickly smell and high nectar content of its flowers attracts insects to pollinate it perhaps in preference to the native species around.

anonymous spotter's picture

Nikkidev is right -

about it being invasive. If you only have a few plants, it is worth (assuming you have permission) uprooting them and hanging them somewhere off the ground (otherwise they re-root from the nodes on the stem). Otherwise they will soon dominate the area.

Jubes's picture

Thanks, I must say I have

Thanks, I must say I have noticed this in a few places along riverbanks, but not in my locality, so I will keep watchful eye from now.