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Himalayan Balsam

Offering Himalayan Balsam removal and invasive weed management

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Himalayan or Indian balsam is a native of the western Himalayas.
Introduced to Britain in 1839, it escaped from gardens and rapidly colonised river banks and areas of damp ground. It is the tallest annual plant in the British Isles, growing up to 3m high.

The characteristic purplish-pink slippershaped flowers appear in June. When the seed pods mature, they explode when touched, scattering upto 800 seeds far as 7m away. Seeds are also spread by water and they may remain viable for up to two years.

Due to its vigorous growth, Himalayan Balsam soon dominates and suffocates all other plants within its vicinity. On river banks this can cause major problems of erosion.

See:
An introduction to Himalayan Balsam 
Himalayan Balsam Identification

Himalayan Balsam

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