Himalayan Balsam (Impatiens glandulifera)

Some facts about Himalayan balsam:

  • Arrived UK in 1839.
  • Annual – grows 2m typically on river banks.
  • Suffocates native plants if unchecked.
  • Disperses approx. 800 seeds which can last 2 years.
  • Can be treated by spraying, pulling or cutting.
  • It has very poor root growth so causes increased erosion to river banks when it dies back in the winter.

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