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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.).