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Himalayan Balsam Identification

We offer Himalayan Balsam removal and identification for weed management across UK

Himalayan balsam plants grow in dense stands that suppress the growth of native grasses and other flora. In autumn the plants die back, leaving the banks bare of vegetation, and therefore liable to erosion. The stems are pinkish-red, hollow and jointed, often with some branching.

Leaves and side branches originate from stem joints. The stem is sappy and brittle. The shiny dark green leaves are lance-shaped, have serrated edges, a dark red midrib and can be up to 150mm long. They grow on the stem in whorls of three.

Purplish-pink flowers, held on long stalks, appear from June to October. The white, brown or black seeds are produced from July to October and are 4-7mm in diameter. There are between 4 and 16 seeds per pod.

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See:
An introduction to Himalayan Balsam 
Himalayan Balsam Identification

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