Himalayan Balsam

Impatiens glandulifera

(alias: Indian Balsam, Policeman’s Helmet, Bobby Tops, Copper Tops, Gnome’s Hatstand, Kiss-me-on-the-mountain)

Himalayan balsam among nettles by the Seaton Burn

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This is a guide to identifying and dealing with Himalayan balsam, an alien plant – attractive but invasive – which likes river banks. It is invading Holywell Dene.

Read this 10-page guide to find out how to spot it, and what to do if you find it.


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