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Himalayan balsam / Reuzenbalsemien

Impatiens glandulifera


Family: Balsaminaceae. Identifying Himalayan balsam - grows up to 2 metres high - reddish coloured stems - dark green, lance-shaped leaves with jagged edges - flowers from June to October - large, brightly coloured flowers that are usually in variable shades from purple to pale pink - has explosive seed pods


You often see it along the banks of a river. It also grows very well in gardens.


It is considered a weed. Invasive. The seeds are edible. You can smell from afar that these plants are growing here. They have a very distinctive smell (i.m.o.).

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Mechelen, Vlaams Gewest, Belgium

Spotted on Sep 27, 2012
Submitted on Aug 4, 2013

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