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Impatiens glandulifera Himalayan Balsam


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This plant came up as a weed and I left it to develop as initially I was unsure what it was. It really is trying to blot everything else out. I will chop it back later and let the wanted plants take over. It is a beautiful flowering plant and the bumblebees love it. It was introduced to the UK in 1839 and is now naturalised, especially on riverbanks It has become a problematical weed as the seed pods explodes and spring the seeds far and wide. Himalayan balsam tolerates low light levels and, in turn, tends to shade out other vegetation, impoverishing habitats. It is sometimes grown in gardens, but care must be taken to ensure that it does not escape into the wild.

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