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Impatiens glandulifera

Himalayan balsam

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Features

  • BloomsJuly to October
  • Height1m to 2.5m
  • Spread0.7m to 1.1m
  • Growth HabitBushy oval
  • Flower ColourPurple pink, white-green
  • Leaf ColourPale green

Description

Impatiens glandulifera (Himalayan balsam). This beautiful plant was introduced to the UK in 1839 and now has naturalised, causing problems on riverbanks and waste land by smothering out native flora. Care should be taken to make sure that plants do not spread into the wild.

Characteristics

Annual, Evergreen, Fragrant

Other common names

Policeman's helmet

Origin

Himalayas

Interest and use

Under shrubs and waste areas.

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilClay, Heavy, Light, Medium, Humus-rich
  • Soil pH5.5 to 7.0
  • WaterMoist

Propagation

Annual sow direct, self-seeding

Pests, diseases or disorders

Impatiens downy mildew and aphids. Under glass, red spider mite, and whitefly.

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